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Robotics competition a good sign for future

February 15, 2013
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

What moves the world forward? And by forward, we mean what makes it easier for mankind not only to exist on this planet, but to thrive and enjoy that existence? The answer is human ingenuity, manifested in technological progress.

And where does that come from?

Well, it could come from the classroom of Fairmont Area High School teacher Bob Bonin, who doubles as the varsity coach of the school's robotics team. Robotics competition challenges the young minds of students, spurring their interest in science, math, engineering and technology. And it does something more:?It puts other students in charge of finding financing, designing a website, creating safety animation. The whole thing works like a small company, all of which is excellent training for students who will some day enter the workforce.

There is even better news: Robotics competition among high schools is booming in Minnesota. And college recruiters are taking notice, attending the events.

The world in which we live has been changing for about the past 20 years for several major reasons, including the computer and Internet revolution, and the political revolutions that did away with most of communism. This has created worldwide free market competition and opportunity. Those nations that remain or become leaders in technology will be prosperous and secure. Such a momentous aspiration must begin to be fulfilled in classrooms like Bonin's. Fairmont Area Schools, and others around the state, deserve praise for their foresight.

 
 

 

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