Robotics class expands to more Gwinnett County students

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Students in the state's largest district will have new tools and new programs when they go Back 2 School Monday morning, and it includes robots.

All elementary, middle and high school students in Gwinnett County will get their hands on robots.

It is part of the district’s STEM – Science, technology, engineering and math – approach for all grades.

Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach visited Puckett Mill Elementary School to see how the program works and how students build the robots.

“Every child at our school has an opportunity to program robots, to build robots, to learn about coding,” said instructional coach and robotics mentor Mandy Collins.

“I think it’s a fun learning experience, fun to have hands-on learning, how to build stuff, make stuff,” said student Nick Perdue.


Students at Meadowcreek High School also get to do just that at their new “makerspace” that opened at end of last school year.

The new labs let students use real-life materials to solve real problems, beyond just sitting in a classroom and taking notes.

“So coming into school the first day the students will have the opportunity to actually do what they learn, to solve real life problems,” said Meadowcreek principal Tommy Welch. “This space provides that opportunity and encourages innovation in our students.”

The goal with the robotics and all the STEM education is to get students more engaged, using teamwork, and make learning more relevant to the problems students face outside of the schools in their own communities.

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