FJHS students learn how robots work


Members of the Fulton Junior High School Junior Raiders Opportunity Club had the drive to succeed during their recent five-week crash course on robots.
 
Led by Fulton City School District teacher Jonathan Kuracina, the students developed a better understanding for how robots work and learned a simple lesson: it’s all about very specific instructions. During a recent culmination activity, students invited their family members to FJHS to show off their knowledge progress and robot projects.
 
As in introduction to the idea of coding, students attached popsicle sticks to their hands and were directed by one of their peers on how to tie their shoes as they were given a specific set of instructions. They also made a ‘robotic’ hand out of a stick, strings and straw pieces. The students used the strings to pull and operate the fingers to pick up various objects. As a tasty treat, the students also created delicious robot cookies.
 
Kuracina said several of the students were inspired to do more hands-on work and utilized a variety of coding programs outside of the JROC timeframe to enhance their skills. Creating Snapchat filters and video game storylines were among the many additional projects.
 
Students who wished to explore robots and robotics beyond the after-school program may join the FJHS robotics club or learn more about the topic in their technology class.


Fulton Junior High School student Cameron Brown, left,
creates a robot cookie alongside teacher
Jonathan Kuracina
during the recent FJHS Junior Raiders Opportunity Club’s
robot program culmination celebration.