Florida is poised to become the first state to allow computer coding to fulfill a foreign-language requirement in high school. In a competitive job market, the thinking goes, computer skills are as important as speaking another language.
At SAIL High School in Tallahassee, a 3-D printer whirs away. It’s turning PVC pipe into a red, Lego-like piece for a robot.
This is the OctoPiRates robotics club. These students will soon compete in a national contest with their hand-built robot. It features a square, metal frame with eight rubber wheels and a scooping arm.
Many of the OctoPiRates members, like Ram Moore, are self-taught.