Robotics class is new at Judith Gap Schools

News-Argus Staff

Ag teacher Jeff Holmes observes Goddy Bandola as he checks on his robot.

Photo courtesy of  Cassie Sanchez



Three twelve year-olds at Judith Gap School have the unique task of finding a solution to a certain type of problem using robotics as the main solution. Not just any robotics, but Legos.

Information from the MSU website gives basic information about the robotics program the school is offering for its students.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

FIRST LEGO League teams, composed of students grades 4-8, spend weeks building and programming robots made from Lego kits, and compete by performing "missions" on pool table-sized playing fields. The College of Engineering at Montana State University has coordinated and hosted the FIRST tournaments since 2007.

The three students involved in the robotics class at Judith Gap are Jackson Swanz, Goddy Bandola and Chance Truesdale. All the students are 12 years old.

Jeff Holmes, the ag teacher at Judith Gap, said the students have to accomplish missions to solve problems involving hydrodynamics and its use in industry and society.

According to Mr. Holmes the students learn three basin things when working with these robotics and they are: the basic principles of robotics, researching problems and core values, such as, teamwork, respect for one another and invention

The startup kits for this course are ordered before hand and the tables are created in each individual school, said Holmes. He received his inspiration a few years ago from an educator from Great Falls and has been intrigued with it ever since.

The students will compete in their first competition in February of 2018 at MSU.




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