Fall River School’s Robotics Team Competing Internationally

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FALL RIVER, MASS. (WLNE) – Building robots and learning computer programming, the face of middle school is changing.  A team of three students from Saint Stanislaus School in Fall River are about to take on teams from around the world in a robotics competition.

Saint Stanislaus School 5th Grader Joshua Falcon says, “We build robots that are set to perform certain tasks, and we program them.”

Saint Stanislaus School Principal Jean Willis says, “It’s wonderful to watch them work on the projects together, the tasks that they’re given every year, and to see them make mistakes, to see them test out a lot of different things.”

To get to this point, these 5th, 7th, and 8th graders first had to compete on a local and regional level.  It’s part of a program that’s been around for a success–filled three years.

Willis says, “Our first year, we actually qualified for the world competition, which kind of blew us away because it was our first year.”

Their second year, they came in 8th place out of 5,000 competitors worldwide.  The achievements are bringing a sense of pride to the entire school.

Willis says, “Last year, we live streamed it here whenever the kids were on.  So you had preschoolers to 8th grade cheering.”

The experience is helping to shape the students’ futures.

Falcon says, “It kind of makes me think ‘How could I use this in the real world?'”

The school is raising funds to help send these students to the next level of competition.  There are two ways you can donate.  Here’s a link to learn more: http://www.saintstanislaus.com/

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