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Educators Create Clawbots During Robot Make and Take

Students in five area school districts now have a cool new "friend" to interact with in their classroom project-based STEM activities. Educators from across the region recently participated in a Robot Make and Take activity hosted by Ulster BOCES Model Schools.

Fifteen teachers and administrators from the New Paltz, Onteora, Wallkill, Kingston, and Chester school districts gathered at the Ulster BOCES Conference Center in New Paltz on May 1 to build VEX IQ Clawbots from the gears up and explore the many engaging ways robots can be used in the classroom.

Clawbots, which can be either programmed to complete tasks or controlled with remotes, are frequently used in worldwide robotics competitions and classroom activities involving programming and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) projects.

Once the educators finished the complex but fun process of connecting beams and installing bumper switches and gyro sensors, they had the opportunity to test their robots in a timed competition that involved moving blocks from one side of a table to the other.

At the end of the day-long 'bot-build, the robots traveled back to their builders' districts, where they will be used to help engage students in hands-on technology activities.