Hands-on learning

Warwick Beacon ·

There’s been no lack of interest since Toll Gate boosted classes in robotics, says technology/education department chair Dennis Dubee. Dubee credits the administration with coming through with about $25,000 for materials to get the program up and running plus additional budget allocations to maintain it. Previously, the department had one robot; it now has 32. Currently, three classes in robotics are being held at the school with a total enrollment of 55 students. In addition to Dubee, Adam Ricci is teaching robotics. Skills learned include the use of tools, problem solving, math, physics, closely following directions and teamwork, as classes are broken into twos and threes who work together on building successively more complex robots. “When the kids are happy, it’s easy to teach,” said Dubee.

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