Gears spinning, parts assembling, and young minds exploring are all in motion at Lynn Camp Schools as future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) leaders are challenged to rethink ordinary and create a better world.
On Saturday, October 31, students enrolled in the middle school’s engineering class participated in the Battle for the Bluegrass Robotics competition hosted by Lynn Camp. The opportunity not only prepared students for the competitive events awaiting them in high school, but gave them an early opportunity at networking with leaders in STEM.
Of the thirty five (35) students enrolled in the middle school engineering class, twenty five (25) also are members of the robotics team. Naming themselves “Nerdvana”, members of the team demonstrated their projects for fellow students, community members, and engineers that were in attendance.
The projects are part of the national FIRST LEGO robotics league which the team belongs to and competes against. Students in the middle school program are introduced to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FIRST LEGO League teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
“The student engineers are not only working with robots but solving problems in the community,” shared Robin Burr, teacher and adult coach of the Lynn Camp LEGO team.
“The goal of this program is to create future engineers, make smart the new cool, and make a positive change in our community.”
Photos of the Lynn Camp middle school’s robotics demonstration are available in the KCPS Photo Gallery:
Additional photos from the Battle for the Bluegrass robotics competition are also available in the KCPS Photo Gallery: