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Cool at School: Students Practice Robotics at Bracken Academy

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LAS VEGAS - Students at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy are learning more than reading, writing and arithmetic. They've added robotics to the list.

Fifth-graders are teaming up and designing robots from scratch. Their goal is to be the valley's best. There is no shortage of enthusiasm.

"It's so cool. It's a big thing," said fifth grader Alla Pobsuk.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math - the focus areas of the Clark County School District magnet school.

The students were hand-picked for the Lego League Team. Like any winning group, each one excels at something different.

"I'm a good programmer. Alla is a good builder, set-up-ish person," said fifth-grader Alykhan Jussa.

Writing computer programming and engineering a robot involve a lot of trial and error, but that's one of the best parts.

"It's really loud, excited. They laugh at the mistakes and problem solve," said teacher Lauren Sekovski.

When they're done, the group will settle on one final design for the league competition. Fifth-grader Marcus Winters discusses one design.

"With this robot, we've programmed him to launch this ball into the basketball. If he makes it, he says, ‘Victory'," Winters said.

Another robot with giant claws was designed from scratch to fetch a chair and pull it back to base. None of this work goes on during class time. The team meets after school.

"By the time five o'clock roles around, they don't want to stop," Sekovski said. "Eventually they do have to go home."

These kids perform tasks some college students can't even do. "Wow, and I'm only in fifth grade," Pobsuk said.

The students are also highly competitive. They wouldn't reveal their top-secret invention they plan to use to beat the other schools.

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