Paige, Chloe and their Robot!
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Friday, April 07, 2017
Mr. Dias, Chloe & Paige
Mr. Dias, Chloe & Paige

When you enter the robotics class in room 112 at Baird Middle School it is immediately evident that students are engaged in hands-on activities that encourage creativity and problem-solving skills; allowing students to understand that there are usually a variety of solutions to any problem.

Robotics teacher, Mr. Jonathan Dias, is excited for the opportunity to ignite students’ enthusiasm for math, technology and  STEM related subjects using the robotics curriculum by applying their book skills to real life work situations.

“Robotics is a great way to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics and is highly effective in developing teamwork and self confidence,” explained Dias.  “The class combines the regular subjects of science and mathematics, as well as the aspects of technology and engineering (STEM).”

Two 8th grade students in the robotics class, Paige St. Pierre and Chloe Bernard, are a great examples of how knowledge, creativity, teamwork and enthusiasm can have amazing results.  With their end result of building, and programming a robot, always in sight, these students collaborated and combined their talents to make this goal come to fruition;  discussing strategies and working together to problem solve issues as they arose.

Dias commented, “Robots are only as smart as we make them and Paige and Chloe worked together to make their robot super smart!”

“I decided to take robotics because I thought it would be something different and interesting since I didn’t know much about it,” explained Chloe. “I ended up learning a lot about how robots are built, programming and technology - how it all works together to make the robot actually do specific things.”

“Robotics sounded like a lot of fun, so I decided to give it a try and I ended up really enjoying the class,” shared Paige.  “I learned a lot about technology and computer programming that I didn’t know before the class.”

Both students agree that the class emphasized the importance of teamwork. “It takes a lot of teamwork and learning how to work with other people to build the robot, and to make it work,” explained Chloe.  “If we both had a different idea we decided together which idea would be the best for our robot.”

“The growth of robotics careers is projected to increases dramatically in the future, so it is important that we expose and expand student skills in this area, at a younger age,” shared Dias.  “Even jobs that aren't necessarily robotics-only, may have people working alongside robots. Hopefully my class will excite and educate students about the possibility of these careers.”

Paige and Chloe shared that they are interested in pursuing a career in the medical field when they graduate from high school in 2021 and felt that the combination of math, science and technology skills they learned in this class will help prepare them to achieve their goals.

They also were in agreement that Mr. Dias is an amazing teacher. “He has a great sense of humor and makes learning this stuff easier than it should be,” said Paige.

“He makes learning a lot of fun- sometimes you even forget you’re in school,” added Chloe.

*Below is a short video highlighting the programming skills of Paige and Chloe.


 

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