Putnam robotics team blends STEM with conservation


Members of the Putnam Area Robotics Team (PARTs) No. 3492 visited the West Virginia Conservation Agency's office on March 15 for a presentation. The team of high school students recently competed in Dayton, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pa.

One of its members, Winfield High School junior Kira Cope, was named a "Dean's List" finalist and will move on to compete at the FIRST Robotics World Championship tournament in Detroit. Cope was recognized for her scholarship and her efforts to advance science, technology, education, and math (STEM) education through a series of workshops hosted by PARTs 3492 and the WV Conservation Agency that trains educators in conservation-based STEM principles.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Environment Matters program featured the PARTs team in a weekly video on March 21. See the video HERE.

The photos below show one of the robotics workshops held in late January at Winfield High School in Putnam County. Teachers, extension agents, student mentors and others attended the workshop. Lessons about gardening to take back to students, as well as robotics, were part of the curriculum training.





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