BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Education is constantly evolving - from how kids learn to what they're learning. Technology has become a cornerstone driving that change, including building robots in classrooms. Now, a group of Bentonville West students is taking their passion for robotics to the world stage.
Bentonville West Robotics Coach Clint Holderby believes he's preparing his students for jobs that haven't been invented yet.
"Our kids, the steps that they're doing right now, are the things that are going to drive the future of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and STEM education," Holderby said"
His students aren't just building for fun. They're building for the most prominent robotics competition in the world.
"When I saw worlds, I mean it! Last year there were 72 different countries represented in the VEX online competition," Holderby told 5NEWS.
While a win would be great, getting there is already an accomplishment.
"It's a coach's dream. You think of that top athlete, how they come in, you know, they're always practicing before school and after school. That's exactly what my students do," Holderby said. "This is an opportunity for them to showcase their skills that people don't normally get to see. "
2022 will mark the fourth time the Bentonville West Robotics Club has appeared in the world's robotic competition. This year's event is happening in May in Dallas, Texas.
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