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Camp Point students use new MakerSpace lab to hone STEM skills

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CAMP POINT, Il. (WGEM) -- Camp Point students have a new facility to help them get hands on experience in the fields of science, technology, math and engineering known as the MakerSpace Lab.

Central High School senior Daxton Wiskirchen helped build the MakerSpace lab and said it has given him the tools he needs to to succeed.

"I'm leaning more towards going into computer science because of this class," he said. "I really got an eye-opener of what it entails and just how fun it can be."

Wiskirchen said his favorite part about the lab is making robots.

"They have ultrasonic sensors in the front with a camera and it rotates 360 degrees," he said. "Hopefully we'll be able to drive them down the hallways."

The mastermind behind the Makerspace is Computer Science teacher Rob Scheiter.

He said this lab will help students in the future.

"Here we've set up a twenty-first-century learning environment where students can learn hands-on so students are able to experience real-world applications for computers and computer science," he said.

Scheiter said it meant a lot to him to be able to provide students this opportunity.

"It's been on my mind for the past five years to be able to bring this to a school district and be able to bring a level of learning especially for computer science in the rural school districts," he said.

Officials said the lab is open to all students grades five through 12 in the Camp Point School district..

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Jayda Hill

Jayda Hill is a Multimedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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