North Bend kids get challenged in robot bowling

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- North Bend Middle School students are getting first hand experience in the world of robotics.

Casey McCord is the robotics teacher at the school, and says the program is unique. "It's just a program we're really proud of, we worked really hard to get these robots," he said. "We have 16 of them and as far as I know, there is nobody else in the state that has as many as we have."

The students work in teams of two to master some pretty tough tasks.

Bridgette Boger is in the eighth grade, and says it can be a challenge. "You have to maneuver the robot around quite a few objects, run into a few walls and then it has to push a ball up a ramp and into a bowling area," she said.

By the end of the class, the students have a good understanding of engineering and programming.

Not only are the middle school students learning about robotics, but through the challenges, they learn life lessons that apply outside the robo world. "Well, real world it teaches them problem solving," McCord said.

Tana Hiigel says it takes a few tries to get it right. "It doesn't normally work the first time, and if it does then it's really cool," she said. "So, you just have to keep working at it and sometimes it takes a week or more to get a challenge done."

Through trial and error, the 8th graders kept programming away and eventually had their robots bowling strikes.