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Club seeks to get students 'fired up' about robotics
Chestatee High School's David Lawson talks to Lanier Elementary School's Creed Browning while he works on his engineering project using Legos on Thursday afternoon in the Lanier Elementary cafeteria. The high school robotics club met with the youngsters to get them interested in robotics. - photo by Scott Rogers | The Times

Sarah McCloud, a fourth-grade student at Lanier Elementary School, loves to play with Legos.

"I'm making a city park because I love animals. I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up," Sarah said.

Sarah, along with 83 other fourth- and fifth-grade students from Lanier Elementary School, built Lego structures with the help of the Chestatee High School freshmen robotics club after school Thursday.

With the help of a grant from Lego, the club is doing what it can to get kids "fired up" about robotics.

"In robotics, everybody is a winner, even if it's a fail on a robot, but you're still learning. That's what we're trying to teach them here and get them fired up because this is the next generation to come, and our society is working on computers basically now," Madisen Mayfield, robotics club member, said.

The club now has 10 student members and is in its first year. Chestatee High School science teacher Nick Scheman said he hopes eventually to have an entire class dedicated to robotics.

"We're getting them excited about robotics and getting into it in the future," Scheman said.

Lynette Scheman, fifth-grade teacher at Lanier Elementary, said she didn't expect to have so many kids show up to play with Legos after school, but she's glad to give them an opportunity to learn more about science.

"We wanted to pique their interest and get them excited and this is one way to start that," Lynette Scheman said.