By Whitney Black
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “in 2013, Americans generated about 254 million tons of trash and recycled and composted about 87 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 34.3 percent recycling rate.” On March 2, the Robotics team worked with the GET club from Pleasant Crossing Elementary to host Recycle Day.
Recycle day was held from 11 am to 2 pm at Pleasant Crossing Elementary. The event was for the elementary students to learn the values of recycling and Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). GET club sponsor, Sherry Pryor, discussed the overall turnout of the event.
“It went well. We had about 50 people turn out. There were many smiles. The robot craft was a hit. The robotics team made circuits for the kids to take home. Families were very receptive,” Pryor said.
The students learned about recycling through their craft, which also promoted STEM. The idea of STEM was promoted by the Robotics Team according to Pryor.
“The craft was the best. It was nice to see the variety of all their robots,” Pryor said.
Captain Lane Stephenson discussed how the older and younger students worked well together.
“The older and younger students worked well together with each other. The younger students listened very well. Especially when we did the light craft and when they got to see the robot,” Stephenson said.
Along with all the fun and crafts throughout the day, it was also very educational for the younger students. They were able to learn about the Robotics Team and programming, according to Stephenson.
“The younger students learned about what robotics is, they learned about how circuits work and they also learned about the basics of programming,” Stephenson said.
Stephenson shared how the younger students had fun at the event, while learning about the importance of STEM and recycling.
“This event definitely promoted both STEM and recycling. There was a ridiculous amount of recycling, and the kids really enjoyed seeing the robot, doing the crafts and watching matches with us,” Stephenson said.
The event was a great turnout for all of the students and they hope to continue this event in the future.