A fifth graders from MSD Lawrence Township’s Creek Elementary advanced to the Indiana VEX IQ Elementary School State Championship after his team won the Indiana Department of Workforce Development Design Award for their robot design at the Indianapolis VEX Robotics Championship on Sunday at IU. Ian Solenberg, like many across the state, is a member of one of the over 400 robotics teams, many of which compete.
Robotics is a field of study that is associated with an introduction to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum that is seen as helping prepare students not just for future careers in these vital fields, but also helping improve their knowledge and skills to solve “touch problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information.” (U.S. Department of Education, 1-9-17, https://www.ed.gov/stem) Ian demonstrated his knowledge and skill by tweaking the robot and in the article that appeared in today’s Indianapolis Star, Ian says he’s thinking about being an engineer to make things to help the world.
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