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Winfree Bryant students show they can do the robot

By Levi Hill intern@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Oct 6, 2015 at 11:03 PM

“Every single one of our sixth graders have had a chance to work individually programing robots,” said Margie Hawkins, a sixth-grade science teacher.

Hawkins borrowed 50 robots from the Finch Robot Loan Program and worked with the sixth-grade students since August on programing the robots for the competition. She said every sixth grader at the school has had a chance to program a robot.

Hawkins said one of her main goals of the project was to help the students learn a skill that will be valuable when they grow up and to help the students work together as a team.

“It’s going to be a very marketable skill when they grow up, but it’s also something that empowers them at this point,” Hawkins said. “For them to be able to program and tell their computer what to do, or tell a robot what to do…to use technology and to be able to make it do what you want it to do, and to work for you, that’s the future.

“They’re not only getting excited about technology and having a really fun time, but they’re learning marketable skills that are going to be mandatory in the workforce when they get out there in a few years.”

She also said she wanted to encourage the students to take each other’s ideas and build on them and make each other’s ideas better. 

The dance competition had several parameters, including staying inside a specific area, changing colors on the robot and touching as many tiles on the floor as they could. 

Hawkins said the prizes for the dance contest would be small robot medallions that she printed with a 3D printer in her classroom. She also said the next project for the sixth graders would be working with the Tinkercad program to design objects to be printed in 3D.

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