Cherokee High School students in the Robotics Club demonstrate the robot they built for a state competition for the Board of Education earlier this year. Jeff Bobo photo.
ROGERSVILLE — Cherokee High School students have already earned awards for their robot construction and programming expertise, and soon their robotic skills will be earning them grades and class credits as well.
Earlier this month the Hawkins County Board of Education voted unanimously in favor of authorizing CHS Assistant Principal Bob Edens to take the steps necessary for starting an industrial robotics technology class.
Edens told the BOE during its Sept. 5 meeting he has already enlisted the support of four Hawkins County industries, and there is definitely enough student interest in the class.
In recent years, Cherokee’s robotics team has participated in state competitions and brought home accolades and awards.
The main hurdle left to create an industrial robotics curriculum at Cherokee is to seek approval for a “special class” from the Tennessee Department of Education.
“This is going to be different from some of the classes we have now because we’re involving industry,” Edens told the BOE. “We started last spring to see if there’s any interest in it. We surveyed the students and had a good number who said they were interested in the class, and the industry itself is interested.”
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