Goddard School students get hands-on technology lessons

Special to the Fort Mill TimesMarch 24, 2014 

Students at the at the Goddard School in Fort Mill get a hands-on engineering lesson.

GODDARD SCHOOL

— Robots are the new tool for learning at the Goddard School in Fort Mill.

Students at the Goddard School learn creativity, teamwork and critical thinking as they make Legos and blocks come to life, said Bill Strickland, owner and operator at The Goddard School.

“It’s about creating enthusiasm and interest around robots,” he said. “It’s fun and involves a lot of different types of skills for the kids.”

The Goddard School’s FLEX Learning Program focuses on academic, social and creative development, according to the school’s website.

Strickland, who runs Goddard Schools in Fort Mill and Rock Hill, said they focus on critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity and aim to help 3- and 4-year-olds develop 21st century skills and prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. Both Goddard Schools are among 25 schools nationwide recognized as Exemplar Schools by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning.

The robotics program, which the Goddard School will celebrate during National Robotics Week April 7-11, helps students get excited about learning, Strickland said.

“We want to get kids excited about engineering, technology and science,” he said. “No one expects 3- and 4-year-olds to be building robots.”

The schools will celebrate National Robotics Week with daily activities from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day. Students will learn English language arts, art, engineering and computer science with robotics and build a programmable robot using Lego robotics, Strickland said.

“It’s all exciting,” he said. “We’re trying to get them to be enthusiastic learners at a young age.”

The Goddard School of Fort Mill, which celebrated its fifth anniversary in January, has a variety of programs, including Earth Day activities where students learn about conservation, Strickland said.

For more information on the Goddard School of Fort Mill, go to goddardschool.com or call 802-2112.

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