HEWITT (January 29, 2013)--A group of students in a robotic club at Midway Middle School are preparing for a lego competition in Austin February 2nd.
The Gears of Republic qualified for the FIRST Lego Invitation Tournament competition back in December.
"Being that this is our second year, we weren't sure what to expect and that's kind of how they went in," Tracy Felder, Midway Middle School Teacher said.
Students use legos to build robots and then program them to move and compete in competitions.
"You see things everyday as a kid and think I can't build that, but when you get to build with these you think, It's just legos," Rachel Cotner, 8th grade student, said.
The team is one of ten teams that qualified for the tournament.
The club stems from a class called Gateway To Technology (GTT) which is offered at the middle school.
The class challenges students to design and test their ideas using the same software used by companies like Intel and Sprint.
"I never had an engineer class when I was young and if I had this opportunity I might have been an engineer," Felder said. "I think just exposing them to this at an early age, 8th and 9th grade, might spark interest in those careers."
Felder says classes like GTT are essential for the jobs of the future.
"It would be cool to help people through technology and I thought that if I could do that, that would be a cool dream to have," Cotner said.
With a growing need for employees with these skills, it's an achievable dream.