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MISD Elementary Principals Explore Robotics

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MISD Elementary Principals built and programmed “WeDo” robots during their January 11 meeting. They also learned how robotics instruction can contribute to the development of students’ collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, these will be among the most important attributes for students to have as they enter the workforce.

LEGO WeDo construction sets include working motors and sensors. Once models are complete, students write programs for them using a computer and WeDo software.

J.L. Boren Principal John Williams said, “I can see how robotics can help students with critical thinking and application. It also helps them to be attentive to illustrations . . . or you get to start all over again! It was fun!”

MISD won an $80,000 grant from the Blue Prints Association and a $10,000 MISD Foundation grant to implement robotics programs throughout the district.

As part of this program, each elementary school will receive WeDos for use primarily in Technology Applications classrooms. As the Tech Apps curriculum is updated this year, one focus will be building robotics activities into those classes. Funds and materials are also available to begin after-school robotics clubs at targeted MISD campuses.

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