Six Junior Highs to Begin the GEAR Up Robotics Program

By Kyle Lovern

September 17, 2013

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - Soon robots will be roaming some classrooms in six middle schools in the Pike County School District. Elkhorn City, Mullins, Dorton, Millard, Phelps Junior High and Johns Creek will begin the Robo Challenge Extreme (RCX) Initiative in early October. Students in grades seven and eight will assemble a robot, use technology skills to program certain tasks and then practice for a regional competition in February 2014. The competition will be held on the campus of Morehead State University.

Each school has a coach or sponsor to lead this effort. District GEAR Up coordinator Robbie Osborne believes this will be an exciting learning opportunity for students. He hopes to have schools make a formal presentation sometime in the spring during a meeting of the Pike County Board of Education. This initiative will be a joint venture with the Gifted and Talented Program and Osborne sent out his appreciation to Coordinator of that program Kelli Thompson for her cooperation in making this learning opportunity a reality. Student Technology Leadership Program District Coordinator Patty Johnson is also excited. Robotics is a category in the annual STLP competition. “It’s just a win-win for everyone, especially our students,” Osborne said.