A new one-of-a-kind robotics middle school in Los Angeles is not only offering students a hands-on curriculum but providing skills that could help them someday transform almost every aspect of modern life.
This fall, Los Angeles Unified School District launched the Mulholland Robotics Middle School. It may well be the only one of its kind in the country.
Mulholland is one of several new L.A. Unified magnet schools aimed at reversing steady enrollment declines as a result of numerous factors, including declining birth rates and competition from charter schools.
Magnet schools differ from traditional neighborhood schools in that their curricula are based around a specific subject such as science, the arts, firefighting, journalism and now, robotics. They are open to any family living in the district, although competition to get into them can be fierce because of limited space. Some have their own campus; others operate within an existing traditional school.
Sean Carlsson, 12, couldn’t be happier to be going to a school where he learns about making robots that find people buried in the rubble of an earthquake or learns computer principles for preventing cyber attacks. Read More…