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Do local schools have a Lego program? Why don’t lottery funds pay for such programs?

Pressley Baird
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Sam Weaver hooks up wires for a prototype robot during a meeting of the Wired Wizards in Wilmington on Jan. 11, 2014. StarNews photo by Matt Born.

Sam Weaver hooks up wires for a prototype robot during a meeting of the Wired Wizards in Wilmington on Jan. 11, 2014. StarNews photo by Matt Born.

Q. A recent article highlighted the robotic teams throughout the areas. I found it sad that the students needed to combine with other schools and that the days they worked on the project were limited. Why doesn’t every school have the funds to support this program? Could you investigate why lottery monies aren’t used for this and other creative programs? There is also a national Lego program for middle school students. Do any of our schools participate in that?

A.  None of the middle schools in New Hanover County participate in First Lego League, a national organization where students create robots out of Legos, according to Heather Miller, spokeswoman for New Hanover County Schools. Miller noted that at least one school was looking into the cost of participating in the program next year.

Lottery dollars traditionally haven’t funded creative after-school programs like First Lego League or the robotics team. Instead, they’re used to keep class sizes small, fund the state’s pre-kindergarten program, build new schools and pay for college scholarships.

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