Sweetwater Middle School and Intermediate School students recently attended a First League Robotics workshop sponsored by Ludlum Measurements. Sweetwater students will join over 17,000 FLR teams and 100,000 students worldwide (56 countries) in exploring real world science and engineering challenges. Ludlum Measurements, the generous program sponsor, has purchased four NXT Lego Robotic sets to begin the program and built and donated three tournament quality tables for SISD students. Ludlums also brought in robotics coach John Howe, STEM Education Coordinator and Assistant Principal at Preston Middle School in Ft. Collins, Colorado to teach students in an eight hour workshop at SMS.  Mr. Howe taught students to construct and program the robots with the capabilities to perform certain functions. The students did an amazing job learning to navigate through the program and how to control and instruct the robots.  Ludlums provided breakfast and lunch for the students as well.

The students that attended the workshop were nominated by their teachers.  Students also then had to apply to the program and have high evaluations from all their teachers.  SMS will have a boy’s team and a girl’s team consisting of students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. 

SMS would like to thank Ludlum Measurements for funding this program and believing in our kids.  They have made an investment in the future and the kids are very eager to get started.   Sweetwater Middle School and Ludlum Measurements understand the importance of being a leading STEM school.  Offering activities in science, technology, engineering and math will be the main focus for this program.  -- Shana Hrbacek