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Page 8--0e 0cabanta Time--April 9, 2015 Educators become stu,]ents at STEM training Erica Marks Contributing Writer  !" f you make a mil- l take, your robot can .fall into a deep canyon on Mars. Then you've lost your two billion dollar project" said Jaime Ford to educators from around Pocahontas County last week. Ford is a trainer for NASA's Educational Re- source Center (ERC) and she was explaining the impor- tance of precision to people holding miniature rovers made of Legos. Ford and VISTA Michael Lyden brought carts full of laptops and Lego robots to Hillsboro Elementary School to train educators how to en- gage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) topics in their classrooms, camps and after-school programs. Once they have attended this training, the teachers are eli- gible to rent similar kits, val- ued at $15,000, to use with their students. NASA's ERC provides these kits at no cost to the schools or organiza- tions. "It's problem-solving; it's teamwork," said Brian Smith, fourth grade teacher IBM COMPUTER PROGRAMMER Sean Brain and second grade teacher Laura Pritt watches as a robot goes through an obstacle course. at Marlinton Elementary. "From reinforcing multipli- cation skills, to fractions, to making connections between ultrasonic sensors and echolocation in animals, there's a ton of ways you can connect it to the curriculum." The six-hour training had teacherg putting robots through mazes, following black lines on the floor and dancing. They learned how to program the robots using a coding language with the laptops. In order to write the code correctly, they solved ratios, measured precisely and worked through chal- lenges in teams. "I like the idea of variables being so concretely experi- Compare award letters to find best college deal isn't enough to pay all ex- penses, students may be looking at a priva.te loan. Comparison shopping is a must in that case. 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We're not just talking about it - something does some- thing." written for machines that Sean Brain, a computer monitor hospitalequipment. programmer for IBM, at- Joanna Burt-Kinderman is tended the training so he the math coach forPocahon- could serve as an advisor to tas County Schools. teachers and coaches of ro- "It's hard to break outside boticsteams, the textbook sometimes," "It's easy for a beginner to she said. "The robotics ac- step into it," Brain said. "It's tivities are helpful for ol fflenu00 Breakfast/Lunch Menus April 13 - 17 Monday, 13: Pancake sausage on stick, cereal, or- ange, yogurt, juice, milk. Chicken patty on whole wheat bun, glazed carrots, French fries, lettuce, tomato, onion, pears, milk. Tuesday, 14: Blueberry less abstract than just pro- reimagining doing math as gramming. The code is de- problem-solving. How do ceptively simple but does we get kids to think hard and complex things." not shut down when it gets He explained that the pro- challenging? 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