On Friday, October 4, 2019, GaCo (FIRST Robotics Team 1629) students taught its “Key to the Universe” lesson to the entire sixth grade class at Coeburn Middle School in Coeburn, Virginia. The scheduled visit was in conjunction with an “off-season” event in which the team competed at Salem High School near Roanoke, Virginia, on Saturday. GaCo hopes that the visit will lead to the establishment of a FIRST Robotics program at Coeburn Middle School. The lesson GaCo students taught is the same as they teach to all Garrett County’s fifth grade students. GaCo’s visit was reported in the Coeburn’s local newspaper, the CoalField Progress, which tells the whole story of how the team’s relationship with Coeburn developed. Click the link for the newspaper article: http://www.thecoalfieldprogress.com/coalfield_progress/robotics-team-makes-visit-to-coeburn-school/article_eee16b40-e940-11e9-b1a8-a74a7e322326.html
This week the team is preparing for Autumn Glory, which includes demonstrating its competition robot from last season and selling lemonade (and/or hot chocolate) in front of the Garrett County Public Schools Central Office building prior to the Grand Feature parade on Saturday, October 12, 2019. The team will also sell LEGO Christmas Tree ornaments at the Arts and Craft Show at the McHenry Fairgrounds Ag Heritage Hall on Saturday and Sunday.
GaCo’s schedule is ramping up this Fall as the team is implementing its Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant which is helping the team reach its vision of “STEM Ready Kids” across the central Appalachia region. Along with other social media, GaCo recently started a blog to help keep followers up to date accessible at gaco1629.blogspot.com/
GaCo students knew they were at the right school when they pulled into the parking lot of Coeburn Middle School.
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