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Elementary Students Practice Engineering Skills

Mark Twain Elementary recently joined the LEGO Minstorm program that helps to teach kids robotic engineering and programming skills.

Posted: Mar 9, 2018 10:56 AM
Updated: Mar 9, 2018 11:03 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Some St. Joseph students are taking Legos to the next level.

Sixth graders at Mark Twain are building and programming robots as part of the LEGO Mindstorm program.

They've been building their robots over the past several weeks and now they'll learn how to use code to prompt their robots to do simple commands.

"This experience is vastly important for students at this age level. it really gets them thinking about the possibilities of their careers further on in life, really orients them towards the steam and science areas," Central High School teacher Craig Vulgamott said. "The way the world is going right now with a whole lot more in robotics going on in the workplace, it really gets them introduced to the idea and comfortable with doing it."

The after school program also enlists high school and middle school students to help younger students work through problems.

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