Elementary students team with high schoolers to build 'Martian rover'

AIG students teamed up with students from Haywood Early College to code and create a rover. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Some fourth and fifth graders in Haywood County are discovering the importance of teamwork.

They are working with high school students to make it to Mars.

AIG students teamed up with students from Haywood Early College to code and create a rover.

The goal was to rescue a sick martian. The pathway to the planet had to include four 90-degree angles.

Students say the assignment was challenging, and they certainly learned the importance of teamwork.

"I just learned you really need to rely on each other for this challenge," said Todd, a student from Jonathan Valley Elementary.

"The assignment had a lot to do with communication and teamwork, and learning basic coding skills. And they also just had a lot of fun," said Grace, a Haywood Early College student.

The students say even though the challenge was difficult, they loved every minute of it.

After the competition, the kids got a chance to paint without brushes and play games.

In the spring, they'll have a STEM camp with middle school students.

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