Baker students use programming, engineering skills with Lego robotics

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Ethan Nunley, 13, watches his EV3 Lego robot complete wind sprints in Stacy Burlison's classroom at Baker School. Nunley is one of five middle school students who participated in Baker's middle school robotics program.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 at 04:15 PM.

BAKER — Middle school students here now can use their programming and engineering skills while working with Lego robotics.

 Five students in Baker's middle school robotics club are learning how to program and build EV3 Lego robots. The machines perform tasks such as completing a maze or moving objects to certain locations.

The work can be challenging, club members said.

"Not everyone can just program numbers into an EV3 (robot)," Lathem Brown, 13 said. "It takes dedication; if it (was) easy, everyone would do it." 

Team members meet after school in their coach, Stacy Burlison's, classroom. Students learned about robotics through the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum, which is enhanced by the Lego program.

"The computer programming skills, the engineering skills to build the robot are wonderful, but not as great as the fact it teaches them to problem-solve and critically think through projects," she said.

 Students must learn how to program a robot's movements, including calculating how far and which angle each robot needs to move.

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