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Nearly 200 third to fifth graders are coding robots

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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Wednesday, third to fifth graders are learning to program robots at Cross Creek's Elementary camp in Thomas County.

The 180 campers used iPads to enter codes that programmed the robots to carry out specific actions. They then competed with each other to finish obstacles as quick as possible.  

Organizers said the goal was to challenge the students to think outside the box, especially with the sports-themed activities. 

"They get to work with their hands, you know they're not just sitting in class taking tests, or writing a lot, they are actively and collaboratively working together to solve a problem," said the Math and Science Coordinator for Thomas County Schools.

Camp leaders said the different tasks were meant to encourage the students to think like scientists and engineers as they head into high school.

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