Education Matters: Elementary Students Learn Coding in Robotics Club

CABOT, Ark. - An elementary school with the Cabot Public School District has an afterschool robotics club that offers a jump start to coding. Teachers say it's not too early for children to get an invaluable experience in something that's changing the future.

"I'm lovin' it!" says Abby, student.

Fourth graders Abby and Clayton are two of 15 students signed up for the Robotics Club at Ward Central Elementary School. It teaches kids how robots run commands in sequence and how to interact with them by using markers and Chromebooks.

"So these are all blocks of code. This is a start button, so let's say I clap, it would start on this," Abby explains.

Essentially, Abby puts in commands for the robot. Then, Clayton tests it out.

"You can make them smile, make them talk with this 1,2,3,4,5," adds Clayton. 

Commands are all controlled within their hands.

"You can turn them. Change his color," Clayton continues.

Both say the club is fun, but to make the robots come alive, takes a lot of trial and error.

"I was doing the stuff right, but it kept saying I did something wrong and I couldn't figure out what I did wrong," says Clayton.

The work is challenging, but keeps students like Abby wanting to learn more.

"I think some kids might unlock their natural talent of coding like I did," she says.

Abby believes a club like this is important for future generations. The Robotics Club is one of many other clubs at school that fall under Club Awesome. A Federal grant makes this all possible.

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