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St. John students show creativity in after-school program

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ST. JOHN | The new year began with a new educational program at St. John the Evangelist School - robotics.

Once word got out that this program was being offered to students in kindergarten through eighth grade, classes filled quickly for this after-school activity.

Students meet weekly for an 75 minutes to learn and develop new skills and have fun with friends. Fourth-grader Andrew Sippel expressed excitement for the new program: “I use a touch screen computer for programming. I can make sounds with motion sensors to use on a sample program or create my own program."

The students learn how to build and program LEGO robots that teaches and reinforces the importance of critical thinking and small group teamwork. The program develops and encourages the love of science and technology at a young age with interactive, hands-on activities.

The exercises are also designed to build a life-long interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

“I’m not a big fan of LEGOs, but this project is awesome," fourth-grader Andres Cedano said. "I love technology and to be able to record my voice for my robotic animal is just so awesome.” At the end of the program, the students vie in a friendly competition to showcase what they learned during their experimental and problem solving sessions.

St. John the Evangelist School is currently offering private tours of the school. Contact Admissions Director Angie Buchanan at (219) 365-5451, ext. 262 or abuchanan@stjohnparish.org to schedule an appointment. Prospective families can also submit an inquiry form at www.sjeschool.org.

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