In November WSU GEAR UP students at Clarkston High School started diligently learning about robotics in an after school program. Currently eight freshmen and three seniors work under the instruction and guidance of the schools’ ROTC instructor, Doug Lincoln. The intent of the program is to introduce students to robotics and increase the students’ knowledge, enthusiasm, and awareness of technology and science careers.
The Clarkston students are hopeful to compete in the Zillah Robot Challenge in 2014. Prior to any competition the students are receiving an introduction to robotics, which includes computer programming, problem-solving, critical thinking, and overall academic rigor. In addition, GEAR UP is coordinating the program with real-world applications through partnerships with area researchers, scientists and other technology related professionals. In the next couple of months GEAR UP will host guest speakers and field trips that will help make the connection to various STEM fields of study and careers. The GEAR UP program at Clarkston High School will continue to work closely with the robotics students and instructor to ensure the program has all the tools and resources for success.