Fifth-grade robotics team qualifies for national competition
Fifth-grade robotics team qualifies for national competition
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Students in the fifth-grade project-based learning class at Holman Middle School won two trophies at the Missouri State VEX IQ Competition at the Missouri University of Science and Technology on Feb. 18. The Holman Stembots team won trophies in the Team Alliance and Robot Skills categories, qualifying them for the national level of competition in Iowa in April.

Members of the team are Jacob Austin, Michael Bax, Savanna Degenhardt, Caleb Fetter, Kyla Kobielusz, Dylan Leedle, Patrick McCullough, Peter McCullough, Vincent McNealy, Tyler Mingo, Mary Prado and Issabelle Winkler. Fifth-grade teacher Cheryl Gragert is the team's sponsor.

In the VEX competitions, presented by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge.  

The fifth-grade project-based learning classroom is a new pilot at Holman, which typically educates only students in sixth through eighth grades. Fifth-graders from all over the district were invited to enroll in this pilot program that teaches core subjects such as reading, math, social studies and science while students conduct projects centered around robotics and computer science.