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Grand Island middle schoolers get a glimpse at robotics

Robots have taken over Grand Island Senior High, but it’s all part of a learning experience for middle schoolers.
Published: Jun. 22, 2022 at 10:39 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Robots have taken over Grand Island Senior High, but it’s all part of a learning experience for middle schoolers.

The Grit Robotics camp is helping middle schoolers put their stem skills to the test. The program is run by GISH robotics teacher Alex Kemnitz with the help of a few seniors who are serving as camp counselors.

Kemnitz said he hopes to gain a few new members to the robotics team.

“Seeing these students getting so much knowledge of about robots and just STEM, in general, is so inspiring to me and that in itself is more than enough for me,” Kemnitz said. “But also I get to be a bit selfish cause these students often end up being on my robotics team when they get to high school so I get to cultivate some good experience now, so there’s really two benefits there.”

This program is made possible thanks to a grant from the GIPS Foundation, which was applied for by GISH student Kenny Morales. He told Local4 News he’s impressed by the knowledge of the middle schoolers.

“They’re all really smart, like way smarter than I was in sixth and seventh grade,” Morales said. “In middle school, I was a little more of a troubled kid, and just to see we have smart kids coming into GISH gets me really excited.”

The camp is expected to finish on Friday, June 24.

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