Not just a kid’s toy -
SJR State hosts Lego robotics competition for middle school students

Lego Robotics St. Johns River State College recently hosted the FIRST LEGO League qualifying tournament. The tournament gives Clay County middle school students the opportunity to show off their talent in programming robots and demonstrate core values in leadership, teamwork and professionalism. SJR State has partnered with the Clay County School District and the FIRST LEGO League for the past three years to facilitate the program by providing space in the Thrasher-Horne Conference Center for the tournament. SJR State professors also volunteered their time and knowledge to judge the competition and give advice to aspiring robotics programmers and engineers. This year, SJR State professors Brian Holbert, JR Adams, Stanton Greenawalt and Norval Bell oversaw the teams. Students showed the professors their robots as well as the computer programming that went behind engineering it. Holbert, the coordinator for SJR State’s involvement within the event, emphasized the importance of SJR State participating in competitions like these.

“Technology is one of the largest areas in the workforce,” Holbert said. “We’re looking at our next generation of students. It’s good to interact with them and support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. It lets the kids know, should they enroll at SJR State, that we’re interested in what they’re interested in.”

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