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October 19, 2018

Kenney Students Explore Coding, Robotics


Kenney Middle School students are exploring the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields as part of a new elective course.

Students Calexander Connolly and Jordan Jackowski use iPads to control robots. They have been learning computer coding and are now applying that knowledge to maneuver robots.

Students Calexander Connolly and Jordan Jackowski use iPads to control robots. They have been learning computer coding and are now applying that knowledge to maneuver robots.

Under the guidance of librarian Morgan Gaulrapp, seventh and eighth graders are immersing themselves in a computer programming class.

The course started with lessons about coding and has evolved into a full-blown robotics experience.

“Coding supplements what the students are learning in their core courses, specifically in math and science, but also helps students learn to problem solve and persevere,” Gaulrapp said. “They have taken their knowledge of coding and they are learning how coding translates into actual, functioning commands.”

So far, the students have been using robots to better understand the power of coding.

They began operating the robots in mid-April and they will use different computer language to make the robots perform different tasks.

“There’s a lot that goes into making a robot actually move,” said DMK student Calexander Connolly. “We are learning a lot while we’re having fun.”

Gaulrapp noted that students have been engaged in the lesson and that she is hoping the experience opens the students’ minds to the dozens of career possibilities in computer coding.

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