November 21, 2014
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Schools offering out-of-the-box learning

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The First Robotics Team at Standish-Sterling Central High School and the Remote-Operated Vehicle class for Au Gres-Sims Elementary students offer a new way to learn new skills, and demonstrate a positive step forward in the education process.

Traditional trades learned in shop classes still have a place post-high school, but being able to learn how to program software to run a robot and engineer its electrical and mechanical systems puts students ahead of the industrial curve. AGS students who know how to use an ROV to collect data from a body of water, and how to read and record the data, will definitely have a leg up if they desire to go into an environmental or ecological field in the future.

As many people are aware, technology has evolved at a break-neck pace over the past 20 years. Many jobs once performed by humans are now performed by machines, and the jobs accompanied with them revolve around operating these machines, and knowing how to maintain or repair them. Those who are expecting a slowdown in technological developments, or those who ignore them, will not be prepared when they arrive.

For many people, that won’t make a big difference in their careers or lifestyles. For young people, though, the experience gained in ROV or First Robotics could help them eventually land in a promising career.

By offering these programs, AGS and Standish-Sterling are not only working to make students college ready, but career ready. Because of that, the teachers and support staff members, administrators and volunteers from the community who help make these programs a reality deserve a pat on the back. We hope they can continue to be approved for grants and receive the support they need to grow and prosper.

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