Using Robots to Teach Value of STEM in Green Bay Schools

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Kids love robots. And now an expanded after-school robotics program is being offered to even more children at 13 Green Bay elementary schools.

STEM instruction has been part of the curriculum for the after school-learning program within the Green Bay School District for a number of years. 

But now, through a special initiative between Brown County, Green Bay Schools, 4-H and the UW-Extension, that STEM programming is going to grow.

Thursday it was announced robotics classes will be expanded significantly, offered to students in grades K-5 in 13 schools.

Teaching all these kids critical thinking skills at a very early age. 

“We know this is the type of learning that kids really need as we help prepare them for their future. And what our community and our society needs for future workers,” said Lisa Johnson, extended learning coordinator.

“If we can engage young minds at a young age, to have them understanding that technology, math, engineering and science isn’t that hard, maybe they can be become our future scientists, our next innovators,” said Melinda Pollen, 4-H Youth Development.  

The expanded programming started this week at three schools within the district. By the end of May next year over a thousand students will have taken part in the class.

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