HIGH POINT--Robots are taking center stage at Westchester Day School in High Point.
"For kids that want to get into a STEM related career, this is definitely the way to get there,” said robotics student Jeff Green.
"We don't have enough software engineers in this country and this is a great course to introduce them to the concepts of programming and devices they use everyday," said robotics teacher Terry Andrews.
Students first have to build their own robot, then, the hard part: writing a software program that controls the robot's different moves.
"If you have one little symbol wrong, it shuts your whole robot down,” said robotics student W.J. Jessup.
Each robot must complete a series of challenges based on the software programs.
Terry Andrews teaches the class and said this is exactly the type of programming students will find in the real world.
"They have a problem and break into into distinct steps. And in each of those steps, they write a program to accomplish that goal," said Andrews.
"I've always wanted to go into a STEM-related career and this gives me first-hand knowledge before I go into it,” said robotics student Prajan Marhatta.
The class teaches students about more than just science and math, and for them, it's all about teamwork.
"We want each other to succeed, no one wants others to fail. There's no competition unless it's fun,” robotics student Garrett Willard.