Two students at Ravenna High School in Nebraska were so enamored with the robotics education they received in Physics 1 last year, the Kearney Hub newspaper recently reported, they wanted to take the next step to Physics 2. However, RHS doesn't offer the class.
But that didn't stop Ryan Miller and Kelly McFadden. With the help of teacher Kelly Jarzynka, the students lobbied the school to allow them to take an independent Physics 2 course during their senior year.
The request was granted, and now Jarzynka will use what Miller and McFadden learn this year to add to the RHS robotics curriculum, the newspaper reports.
“I’ve always been interested in how things work,” Miller said. “It’s been a fascination with me my whole life. My dad and me are mechanics out in the garage quite often, so I got to do a lot of that stuff.”
A teacher in Lake Isabella, California, also went above and beyond to promote a robotics curriculum at her school. Allison Bogart entered the Pepsi Refresh Everything contest, with the idea to donate the $25,000 prize to the Woodrow Wallace Middle School so the school could add a robotics curriculum.