Tampa students' robots will take on the world

- Middle school teacher Brian Jonas doesn't give long lectures in what may be the ultimate hands-on class: Robotics.

"Alright, let's get to work," he says, and dozens of eighth-graders spring into action.

It's 14 year-old Jake Little's favorite class.

"Because you get to be creative and you try to solve problems in different ways," explained Little, a member of the robotics team at Coleman Middle School in Tampa. 

It's just the fourth year for robotics at Coleman and they've already won a state championship. Later this week, Jonas will take 13 of his robotics students to the world championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

"They're going to meet fellow students from China, and from Egypt, Turkey, and South America -- all with the exact same robots in the same competition," explained Jonas. "The experience these kids will have is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

They use VEX robotics equipment, designed to help teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, math).

The robotics technology class is one of the most popular at Coleman with more than 200 students enrolled.

Up Next:

Up Next

  • Tampa students' robots will take on the world
  • Brooksville man arrested wearing Confederate Flag mask
  • Counties prepare for dueling rallies over Confederate monuments
  • Turtle trackers busy during peak hatching season
  • Manatee Co. Commission votes to leave Confederate monument in place
  • Alleged unlicensed massage parlor owner, daughter arrested
  • Dog with maggots in fur, two others seized in animal cruelty case
  • St. Pete's Manhattan Casino to become restaurant
  • Elderly golfer struck by lightning in Clearwater
  • MOSI dinosaurs need a new home