Clement, Cope and Moore middle schools of Redland will include new robotics lab in March. The mobile lab is part of their after-school program, ‘THINK Together’.
CynDee Zandes, Chief Program Officer for THINK Together, appreciated the extensive support offered by the Redlands Unified School District.
The University of Phoenix Southern California Campus has partnered with THINK Together to develop lessons and robotics labs and for supporting their after-school activities.
Randle Communications is a public relations organization of the University of Phoenix. According to Bethany Hill, Account Executive for Randle Communications, the robotics labs will educate students on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She mentioned that the lab encourages students to involve in scientific attempts like developing a Computer-Aided-Design program, designing machines that can walk, performing programming trials and also to build skills like supportive learning, analytical thinking, teamwork, investigation and logical reasoning.
In addition, students are encouraged to experiment with their classroom learning in real-time applications. They can even start from scratch if they are unsuccessful in their previous attempt. They are offered several hours of preparation time. The lab also enables them to work in small groups to solve a given task.
The educators have expressed that the after-school program has been well received by schools. Robert Clarey, Principal of Clement, has stated that they had experienced 20 after-school programs during the previous year and they are expecting to use these programs again this year.