Within a year of receiving the Vex Robotics kits, Wood Middle School’s robotics team went from the state championship to the world championship Vex IQ Robotics competition in Dallas, TX. “My students build robots from scratch and code them to do everything they are supposed to on the game field to score points, “ explained Heather Brown, CTE Teacher.
The Career & Technical Education (CTE) Middle School Robotics Initiative is a district-wide grant for $18,900 that has been implemented at ten middle schools around the District.
“Utilizing Vex Robotics kits offers a real-word, hands-on experience. The earlier we can reach the students, introduce STEM, and spark that interest the better. I feel we have a responsibility to teach them real-world skills at an early age in order to prepare them for earning certifications, learning a trade, or preparing them for whatever might come next,” said CTE Program Coordinator, Cori McGhee.
NEEF is a private non-profit charitable corporation that works to raise money to expand educational opportunities for the students of North East ISD. NEEF funds a wide range of innovative classroom projects, including cutting-edge technology, community gardens, special education resources, STEAM programs, and much more.