by Bill Shrum
October 05. 2015 1:17PM
STUTTGART —The Environmental and Spatial Technologies (EAST) Lab of Stuttgart Public School System under Jonathan Watson, the facilitator at Stuttgart Junior High School and Stuttgart High School has a new program coming to the Grand Prairie.
Stuttgart's Environmental and Spatial Technologies Lab (EAST Lab) has a new program about to hit the Grand Prairie.
The Environmental and Spatial Technologies (EAST) Lab of
Stuttgart Public School System under Jonathan Watson, the facilitator at
Stuttgart Junior High School and Stuttgart High School has a new
program coming to the Grand Prairie.
"It is called the Ricebird Robotics Invitational," Jonathan
Watson, EAST Lab facilitator for both Stuttgart Junior and High Schools,
explained. "It is presented by UALR."
The group will be hosting a robotics tournament from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Grand Prairie Center, which is located on
the Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas-Stuttgart
"We are partnering with UALR for this project," Watson said. "This is our first year to host this here in Stuttgart."
Watson said that the Stuttgart EAST lab participates each year in
Boosting for Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) and this year
will be no exception.
"Some years are better than others," Watson said. "The students do enjoy the competition.
Right now, we have five students who are signed up for the
competition; however, it hasn't been posted in the bulletin yet and will
be open to as many that want to attend.
"We want to use it as an outreach for this school and other
schools to show the advantage of robotics to the schools who don't have
them," Watson said.
Purpose of the robotics are to inspire students to pursue careers
in engineering, science technology and mathematics through robotic
design, he said.
The program will teach students to:
Through this program he hopes students will also learn abstract
thinking, self-directed learning, teamwork, project management,
decision-making, problem-solving and leadership.
The first competition was held in 1993 with 14 schools and 221
students, which included one team from San Antonio, Texas. In 2012,
there were 875 teams in four regionals and 46 hubs.
Organizational goals of BEST include:
Carole Anderson is the facilitator in the DeWitt School System.
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