Last year, Mrs. Lori Wetzel began a coding and robotics club at Richards Middle School. But because of other afterschool commitments, she wasn’t able to continue the club this year. Earlier this month, she launched an alternative for interested students during the school day. Lunch ‘N Learn began in early October.
During silent reading and when Mrs. Wetzel is available, students can come to the media center and learn about coding robots. The October Lunch ‘N Learn sessions focused on programing Dash robots, which respond to voice, navigate objects, dance and sing.
“I’ve actually been able to reach more students this way,” Mrs. Wetzel said. “With the coding and robotics club, I had maybe 15 students. So far this program has attracted about 50 students.”
The initial response has Mrs. Wetzel planning future sessions, including coding Sphero robots and learning 3D printing.