MCPS Teachers Pilot Lego Robotics Programs

MISSOULA- Fourth and fifth grade teachers from Missoula County public schools participated in Lego robotics training at the University of Montana.

The purpose of Lego robotics, is to excite students about science technology, engineering and math.

Teachers also will learn how to coach a robotics team to participate in the first Missoula robotics rally next year.

UM Professor of Curriculum and instruction, Lisa Blank, said robotics teaches students teamwork and generates creative minds.

Blank said, "Does that mean we want every child to be a robotics engineer? No, what it means is we want through these efforts to get students aware and interested and see all the opportunities they could have in a stem career but to do that you need to have math proficiency, you need to be able to communicate in writing.""

The training is offered through the Shape P-20 Washington Foundation Grant, which aims to spark Missoula students interest in science, math, technology and engineering.

UM School of Education is accepting sponsors and grants to help fund the Lego kits.

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