Ridgefield robotics class gears kids up for the future

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Ridgefield — Students at View Ridge Middle School are using robots in a new class that aims to introduce advanced technology to younger age groups. The applied technology course, taught by Tylor Hankins, focuses on STEM elements — science, technology, engineering and math — through an introduction to mobile robotics, robotic task competitions, computers and networking, engineering and design and digital media. During the robotics unit, students learn how to program robots to perform tasks using Lego Mindstorm’s NXT systems. Hankins said the units are the same as those used at the graduate-school level. “STEM concepts are driving the creation of jobs for the future, and our students need to be prepared for that,” Hankins said. “Classes like Applied Technology will give students hands-on experience to develop the skills they will need in their chosen professions.”