Robotics Introducing Students To New Learning Opportunity


Before heading back to class and hitting the books, Canton students are learning a little differently. 

The Canton Robotics Club is using the Vex IQ program which is meant to improve young students STEM learning, but they’re also having a little fun.

Inside the library at Lawrence Elementary School in Canton you’ll see an unusual sight. 

Students, not checking out books, but building robots. 

In April the Canton Robotics Club earned a state grant gifting them more than $10,000 to buy robotics equipment. 

“We purchased that in about May and then we decided since we had all the equipment we should do a summer camp with the students,” Jerry Sorum said. 

In less than a week the camp had filled up with over 20 students eager to get building. 

“I like building stuff and I thought it’d be really fun to do it,” Brinley Pals said. 

“I wanted to know how to like build the stuff and be able to learn how to be a mechanic and all that,” Ryan Kuper said. 

Robotics coach Jerry Sorum says this camp provides a unique learning opportunity for students.

“For the kids that are interested in science to get more of a hands on experience and get to learn science in an easier, understandable manner because they actually can build it and try it out to see how it works,” Sorum said. 

Building is going well for camper Ryan Kuper.

“I’ve built a robot with a claw that you can move with your controller and I’ve built sensors,all that,” Kuper said. 

For others, it’s been a bit more challenging.

“Me and my partner have been working on lots of things that haven’t been turning out right. Only two of them turned out. We just tried building a pincher thing that did not work at all,” Pals said. 

Despite the ups and down, Brinley Pals is learningg more than just robotics.

“You shouldn’t just give up, you should keep trying,” Pals said. 

And trying is just what all the students will do as they continue to perfect their robotic creations. 

Sorum says this is kind of  science with a twist because students will get to compete against other schools with their robots once school starts. 

On Friday, they’ll be holding an exhibition game for the public to see what they’ve been working on.

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