Kids cultivate life skills during North Okaloosa Lego camp

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Chris Jensen, 13, and Grant Courington, 10, experiment with their Lego robot on Thursday at Shoal River Middle School.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 18:25 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Close to 40 fourth- through eighth-graders are learning teamwork and problem-solving skills — and having fun — while attending a Lego Robotics camp at Shoal River Middle School.

Tim Sexton and Laurie Allen, who lead Lego Robotics teams for Davidson and Shoal River Middle Schools, respectively, are coaching the two-week session, which concludes next week.

Participation in First Lego League, a national program that aims to interest 9- to 16-year-olds in science and technology, requires programming a robot and learning useful life and employment skills along the way.

"A lot of students are always told how to do something; why not give them the opportunity to be creative?" Sexton said. "We try to teach that here in robotics."

There is a lot of teamwork involved, Chris Jensen, 13, said. 

He worked with Grant Courington, 10, and Cooper Treadway on obstacle assignments and group exercises.

"Today, we had to stand on a rug and (completely) flip that rug (over) while standing on it," Jensen said.



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