Sixth graders working with hands-on robotics project


Sixth graders in a science class at Lenihan Intermediate School in Marshalltown look at plans as they build a robot during school on April 25. Pictured from left are Tyler Faltys, Brea Parks, Sydney May and Alex Merical.

The goal is create a working robot that can be controlled via a remote. This robotics project is underway in the sixth grade science classes at Lenihan Intermediate School taught by Brandon Goldman.

Students are spending several days looking at plans and building the robot as part of Project Lead the Way.

“It’s such a cool program,” Goldman said. “It’s hands-on and so fun to watch them learn this.”

Students are working together in groups of four and when the robot is built they will control it to do certain tasks on a mat.

“It’s challenging,” said sixth grader Sydney May as she worked to put the robot together with her group.

The Marshalltown Community School District is a state leader in STEM instruction, starting from the preschool level all the way through high school and even dual credit college courses at Marshalltown High School through a partnership with Marshalltown Community College.


Lenihan teacher Brandon Goldman points out the robot design plans to sixth graders Miles Griego, center, and Yadier Rivas.