The Olympia School District’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) department chose Robotics as a STEM platform for grades 7 through 12. The district sees robotics as a STEM platform and an appealing vehicle to draw students into the STEM fields with an emphasis on reaching under-represented STEM students, including females, minorities, and students of poverty, early in their educational careers. The first semester of the STEM Robotics course teaches students to design, build, and program the Lego NXT robot.
Using Vernier’s advanced technological capabilities, students at Jefferson Middle School will be able to greatly improve the range of experimentation and data collection. The grant will also provide additional resources to invigorate district-wide science fair initiatives and enable the development of a high school Robo-Sci class.