SPRINGFIELD | On May 7, three Memorial Junior High students traveled from Lansing to Springfield to display their robotics creations at this year's TECH 2013 conference.
Led by enrichment teacher Valerie Kooy, the team of students used technology to research various fields of engineering and physics to learn how to build robots. Eighth-graders Nathaniel Szotek and Frances Romero, along with sixth-grader Jadyn Newman represented Memorial for the conference. During the afternoon at the Capitol, these students gave a hands-on demonstration of robots that ranged from "self-propelling toy pets" to "cars that pick up scrap meta."
State Sen. Donne E. Trotter, D-Chicago, and State Rep. Marcus C. Evans Jr., D-Chicago, talked to all students about their creations and how impressed they were with District 158's work towards technology and innovation.