A high school more like a robotics team

By Blake Bourque

A robotics team offers students a chance to develop some of the essential skills that will make them successful in the professional world.

In order to be successful, team members need to be able to collaborate to find a workable solution to a given challenge. Finding that solution draws heavily on team members’ knowledge of math and science.

All students — not only those who join the robotics team — need opportunities to pick up those crucial skills in a hands-on environment during high school. How can a student choose what he or she wants to study beyond high school without exposure to different opportunities?

For our final project this spring in senior-year English class, we were asked to depict what we have learned and what has impacted us during our high school careers. I produced this video to answer that prompt.

Inspired by my conversation in May with Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen at his community forum at Messalonskee Middle School, I drifted in the direction of our education system.

Blake Bourque, of Belgrade, is a recent graduate of Messalonskee High School in Oakland. He plans to study electrical engineering at the University of Maine in the fall.