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Mission 200 Teacher Training Sparks Passion in Teachers

Published: 08/20/2019

By: Maria Gebhardt

“I want to encourage my students to pursue their passion in STEM through starting a robotic team at my school,” shared Pepper Dellinger, a teacher from Drake Middle School.

Teachers had an opportunity to get hands-on training during this two-day workshop hosted by the Southeastern Center of Robotics Education (SCORE) and in partnership with the REC Foundation.

“Being part of this training helps me picture how I will implement VEX IQ into my classroom,” explained Yolanda Jones, a teacher from John P Powell Middle School. “Being exposed to this training means that I can really help my students prepare to compete in tournaments.”

Each teacher receives more than $1,400 worth of equipment, supplies and training. During this workshop, teachers were able to learn how to build the VEX IQ robots, ask questions and network with other educators.

The goal of the Mission 200 program is to start 200 new VEX IQ teams at elementary and middle schools in rural, urban and under-resourced schools.

“With this training, I can be a role model for girls in my middle school and get them interested in robotics,” Dellinger added. “This could help them get excited in a career that they may have not thought of before!”

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