The Northside Elementary DawgBots are a group of students in grades second through fifth grade that learn about robotics, coding and engineer design skills through STEM learning challenges after school at Northside Elementary each week. The DawgBots group is rapidly growing with students that are excited about learning Math and Science. Due to the growth of the program, the DawgBots were in need of additional technology to meet the needs of the students in the program. On Monday, August 27, 2018 the Northside DawgBots recieved the technology needed to continue the growth of the DawgBots program from Waste Industries and Mr. George Gibbons. Mr. Gibbons and Waste Industries donated a classroom set of Bloxels and Ozobots to the Northside Elementary DawgBots program. Students in second through fifth grades will learn how to use these STEM tools to create and program code to design their own video games/design challenges. Students will also apply various math and science skills while using this technology to solve real world scientific challenges. Northside Elementary DawgBots program is very excited and thankful to receive this donation from Mr. Gibbons and Waste Industries. The Northside DawgBots program is very thankful to have Waste Industries as a community partner for our robotics program and thankful for their support in making our program so successful. The Northside DawgBots look forward to continuing this partnership in the years to come with Waste Industries. Mr. Josh Bearden and Mrs. Lawana Gurley are the coaches of the Northside DawgBots robotics program and look forward to seeing students grow in academic knowledge while using this new technology at school. Mr. Bearden and Mrs. Gurley also hope to work with Mr. Gibbons in the future to extend this program to also include Kindergarten and First Grade Students.
Pictured: Mr. Kenny Wallace (Northside Principal), Mrs. Laurie Atkins (Polk School District Superintendent), Mrs. Lawana Gurley (Robotics Coach), Mr. Joshua Bearden (Robotics Coach), Mr. George Gibbons (Waste Industries) and three students from the Northside DawgBots robotics program.