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From LEGOs to drones

A local look at robotics from the classroom to careers


From left, teacher Christina Christopherson and Nespelem students Natalie Viera and Luke Yazzie talk with Nathan Moses-Gonzales, who flew his company drones at the tribal Earth Day event. - Jacob Wagner photos

The classic toy LEGO has evolved over the years to incorporate robotics, and students at Nespelem Elementary are using LEGO robots to learn coding and robotics, skills that will be more and more valued in the future.

For Inspiration of Science and Technology, or FIRST, is a global program in which students get hands-on experience with things like LEGO robots.

FIRST Washington partnered with Nespelem Elementary for an after-school program that averages about six to seven kids, four days a week, for fifth- through eighth-grade students.

Christina Christopherson, who teaches sixth- through e...

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