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Building robotics skills

By Reid Creager
Correspondent

Jadyn Moye, a fourth-grader at Allenbrook Elementary in Charlotte, shows off her Lego creation after being selected to participate in the recent One Laptop per Child/Project L.I.F.T. robotics camp.

The project is intended to help further engineering, computer coding and literacy skills. Children

who applied for the camp were selected based on their interest and self-assessment of their problem-solving skills.

In the camp, the students used “Scratch,” an open-source software that provides the foundation for computer coding. After reading the book “Martin’s Mice,” students broke into three groups and used the software to engineer scenes and elements of the novel using Legos, sensors and motors. Other students had to invent a more efficient mousetrap.

“This is so cool. I learned how to code a computer and build robots. I think I want to be a computer programmer or engineer when I grow up,” Jadyn said.

Other participating L.I.F.T. schools were Ashley Park K-8 School, Thomasboro Academy, Bruns Academy, Walter G. Byers School, Druid Hills Academy and Statesville Road Elementary.

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