As part of Bates Middle School’s progress toward STEAM certification, Dr. Jill Madsen and Jermaine White recently attended the VEX Robotics Professional Development workshop at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. During this workshop, teachers from around the state used an assortment of high-tech components to build and program a working robot that was able to independently complete complex tasks. By attending this workshop, Madsen and White acquired hands on experience that will help Bates students in developing skills in the rapidly growing field of mechatronics.