Mt. Vernon Middle School receives grant for second robotics course


Mt. Vernon Middle School recently received a $15,000 grant from Bayer Pharmaceuticals to support a second robotics/engineering course at MVMS. The class will be for eighth-grade students to challenge their skills learned in prior STEM classes.

From left, Supt. Jack Parker, robotics teacher, Brenda Schoenlein, Bob Cook, MVMS principal Benjamin Williams and Director of Curriculum Scott Shipley. (Submitted photo)

The course, Robotics/Engineering II, teaches to build and code complex robots. Students will build on their previous knowledge from Robotics/Engineering I and will enhance their imaginations, problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills. The funding from Bayer will provide enough robots for each student to receive a hands-on experience in the Robotics/Engineering II course.

“We want all students to get excited about learning, and the study of robots is something middle school students truly enjoy,” Director of Curriculum Scott Shipley said. “We want them to feel the magic when they experience the moment that they create something with technology. We want kids to learn how much fun it is to solve challenging problems, and learning through robots allows this to occur.”

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