At the February meeting, JEDCO’s Board of Directors voted to grant $3,085.70 to the Jasper Public School Foundation to go towards the creation of a Coding and Robotics Club at Jasper High School. The money will help purchase coding software and robotics kits. The club will be moderated by JHS librarian, Shonda Brown and teacher, Debbie Smith.
A coding and robotics club is a gathering of students who are interested in learning about and working with robots. At school, robotics clubs typically take place after school, in a classroom, and are moderated by a member of the teaching staff or school administration.
At competitions, teams of students must design and build a robot that can compete against opponents in a series of specific challenges.
Students develop and program their robot in the weeks before the event, adhering to list of preset rules and regulations. Much like traditional sporting events, these robotics competitions draw large crowds who gather to see which robot will best perform the task it has set out to complete.
Local competitions might attract a few teams, whereas international competitions draw thousands of students from all over the world.
Pictured – bottom row l-r: Paul Smith, Eddie Hopkins, Dan Walker(JEDCO), Debbie Smith, Shonda Brown (JHS), Carolyn Armitage (JPSF), Victor Williams (JHS Principal) Club members front row l-r: Brandon Monroe, Aden Roebuck, Eric Campbell, Devon Treat, Lizzybeth George. Back row l-r: Brayan Soto, Blake Schultz, Charles Holt, Blayne Richard, Gavin Bebee.