LRHS robotics students show off tech to Mini-Mustangs

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LRHS freshman Emily Wyatt explains robotics to a Mini-Mustang.

Lucas Scott – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) On Friday, Oct. 18, LRHS’s Mini-Mustangs visited the school robotics lab during seventh period to see and interact with several student’s creations and introduce the children to the concept of simple machines.

The Mini-Mustangs enjoyed previewing several students “simple machines,” which included operations ranging from catapults and levers to creative pulley systems and wedges.

LRHS’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten teacher Catherine Schutte said, “The visit was a way to encourage the children’s creativity and inspire them to create their own things.”

The  Mini-Mustangs said that the robotic contraptions were exciting.  Mini-Mustang Evan said that he “liked the robots,” a sentiment many of his friends agreed with.

The children had fun interacting with the robotics lab’s exciting builds, produced by technology teacher Ben Long’s seventh period, who were excited for the Mini-Mustangs’ visit.

The experience was not enjoyed just by the children, though.  Long found the Mini-Mustangs to be a delight.

“The trip was a great introduction to math, engineering and multiple sciences,” said Long.

Senior Emily Wyatt said, “I love hanging out with kids and it is exciting to show Mini-Mustangs how my contraption works.”

Shutte said, “It was a fantastic experience for the kids to see what might interest them and is an experience planned to be repeated next year for new Mini-Mustangs.”

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