Berryville fifth-graders learn more than reading, writing and arithmetic

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

BERRYVILLE -- At the intermediate school, several students are combining problem solving, mathematics, engineering and critical thinking skills.

These students have been working in special robotics classes under the tutelage of Brent Spurlock. They have built a special robot named Eddie and are now programming the robot to do special tasks such as avoid objects, follow people and even tell jokes.

Spurlock, the intermediate school art teacher, came up with the idea of starting a few small robotics class to explore the implications for science and math, and he hopes for future expansion possibilities. He has the support of Ms. Wright and classroom teachers.

The students in these small group classes do the work through collaboration and problem-solving as a team. Spurlock believes that they will learn more by doing the work, but at the same time, he is there as a facilitator to give support and help when needed.

When asked about why they like the robotics class, one student replied, "I like it because we get to learn more about science and technology and it's something we might use in our future."

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