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Programs for P-12 Students

Robotics Event for Area Students Held at WCE

Saturday, June 03, 2017

WCE’s Youth Programs, Center for Assistive Technology and Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics hosted a special robotics event titled, “Robotism Rocks!” on April 7. The event was offered as part of the North Carolina Science Festival.

The event featured robots for students of all ages including Bee-Bots (grades K-2), Ozobots (grades 2-4), Pro-Bots (grades 3-8), Sphero Bots (grades 4-12), Lego Mindstorms (grades 5-12) and Cosmo robots (all ages). Youth Programs, Assistive Technology and CESTEM faculty and staff were on hand to engage students in understanding robotics and simple programming through a variety of fun, hands-on activities.

Robotism Rocks also provided special education students, particularly those with autism spectrum disorder, hands-on opportunities to explore and program robots. Amy Moody, director of WCE’s Center for Assistive Technology and a recognized autism specialist, planned the special education activities.

Work by the artist Eric Joyner was on display in the Education Building during the event. Joyner is a San Francisco Bay artist who specializes in paintings of robots and donuts. Youth Programs director Sue Kezios arranged for the art exhibit.