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Some middle school students taking part in a pilot summer school program took a field trip to a local institution of higher learning where they were given an introduction to the use of robots in manufacturing and other industries.
The Union County School District is conducting a summer pilot program focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) criteria. The program, which is being held at Sims Middle School, began Monday, June 12 and will run for four four weeks, Monday-Thursday, through Tuesday, July 4. The program is serving 15 rising seventh and eighth grade students at Sims who have been identified by their teachers as needing additional instruction in math and science to keep them at grade level.”
The students participating in the program spend two days a week using science and math skills to build robots. The other two days are for educational activities, including workshops about nutrition and exercise, soft skills instruction, presentations about workforce opportunities in the STEM fields, and field trips to tour local companies which offer jobs in the STEM fields.
On Thursday, the students participating in the program went to the Union Campus of Spartanburg Community College where teacher Rich Washburn showed them a video and talked to them about robots being used at BMW and in other industries.
For more about the Summer STEM Program at Sims Middle School and the students’ trip to the Union Campus of Spartanburg Community College see the Schools page of Wednesday’s edition of The Union Times.