Middlesboro Middle School eighth grade students showcased some of the skills they have acquired from Project Lead The Way on Tuesday for the Middlesboro Independent Education Foundation.
The projects on display were from Georgina Anderson’s automation and robotics class in which students learn about gear systems and robotic programming.
In the class, students complete a series of challenges. The challenge on Tuesday included completion of an obstacle course using their robot. The students had to adjust the speed of the robot motor and the time the motor runs to complete the course.
“It’s a lot of trial and error,” said Anderson about the robot obstacle course.
The next challenge the students will face in the upcoming weeks includes the design and operation of a store sign. For the challenge, the sign must include the name of the shop, rotate in a complete circle when turned on and be able to be turned on by a switch and turned off by another switch to conserve energy throughout the night.
The student will also take part in a robot drag race. Students will have a starting line, finish line and a stop point. Students will be evaluated on how fast the robot gets from the start line to the finish and how close the robot stops to the stop point.
Following this, the students will continue to have a series of challenges.
Students in the class told the foundation’s members that they enjoy their new science classes over the more traditional classes. Students said they have barely touched a textbook, learning through more hands-on activities.