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Partnership with College Brings Robotics to the Classroom

October 13, 2017 07:09 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Inside a classroom at the Oakland Education Center in Austin, a different kind of class is taking place.

"Every two weeks we do a Skype call with a professor from Minnesota State University-Mankato. If he's unable to Skype with us, he sends us a video clip and that's our assignment," Becky Gerdes, an instructional and behavioral coach at the school, said.

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That assignment--build and program a Lego robot.

"The idea behind it was to basically get them to work together as pairs, to begin with, but I got something much better out of it," teacher Michael Hall said. "They started working as a team, as a class."

The university not only provides an instructor--they also loaned the school the supplies, without which the program couldn't have started, Gerdes said.

"The students are getting technical reading from reading the manuals how to code the robots. Secondly, they're developing critical thinking and collaboration skills," Gerdes said.

And while it may not be your average class, the goal is to get students involved and excited about their education, while also giving them the skills they'll need after graduation.

"What this will do is enable us to reach out in different directions. Seeing that they're buying into it and seeing how much they're interested in it," Hall said.


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