A group of freshmen at Bowdon High School in Bowdon, Georgia, recently started a 12-week tutoring program to help Bowdon Elementary School students with a robotics curriculum, according to the Times-Georgian newspaper.
“We wanted to put a spark of inspiration in the younger grades so we could have competition from Bowdon,” student Daniel Carter told the newspaper. He, along with Sam Jenkins, started the after-school program, which now has 40 participants.
Those two have been building robots and are competing together in the regional technology fair for the past two years, the newspaper reports.
Sam Jenkins and Daniel Cater have been building robots and competing together in the regional technology fair since seventh grade. Fellow freshmen, Herschel Kirkland and Kenny Stapleton, help run the tutoring program.
Each day, the high schoolers hand out a project for the elementary students to complete and supervise them along the way. All participants are third- to fifth-graders, according to the newspaper.
Such programs may become more common, as the federal government has announced plans to focus on STEM education, including robots in the classroom, and track the progress of such programs. The White House is scrapping the Academic Competitiveness Council in favor of a new program, official Carl Wieman said.