MPCC offering robotics classes

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Monday, June 27, 2022

Mid-Plains Community College is offering several opportunities to take a robotics class this summer. Openings are available at MPCC campuses in McCook, Broken Bow, Ogallala and Valentine.


McCook will host STEM Class: Spike Robotics from 1-3 p.m. July 12-14 in Room 201 of McMillen Hall. The workshop is open to students entering grades 7-9. 

Instructor Benjamin Pearce, applied technology specialist for the college, will demonstrate the new LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime sets - designed to help students learn the essential STEM and 21st century skills needed to become the innovative minds of tomorrow while also having fun.

The SPIKE™ Prime lessons will challenge students to exercise their creativity while putting their design and engineering skills to the test.

The cost of the class is $29. Those interested in registering can do so at:, by calling 308-345-8122 or by emailing

Broken Bow

The MPCC Broken Bow Campus is planning a Robotics Camp from 2-5 p.m. July 7, 14, 21 and 28. It is open to ages 11 and older.

The camp will focus on robotics and how coding and programming is connected to real world activities. It is designed to teach students how robots help factories run and to help them develop self-confidence, teamwork, problem-solving and logical thinking skills.

Robert Staab, manufacturing engineer at Becton, Dickinson and Company, will instruct the class.

The cost is $49. Registrations can be called in to (308) 872-5259.


The MPCC Ogallala Campus will host Robotics Level 1 for ages 10 and older July 11-13. Sessions are scheduled for 2-4:15 p.m. each day.

Those who attend will be introduced to LEGO® Mindstorm robot kits. After building their bots, students will learn how to write codes for a mission course.

Michael Eskelson, 4-H Extension educator, will instruct the class.

Eskelson will also lead Robotics Level 2 in Ogallala for ages 10 and older. That class will be 2-4:15 p.m. July 18-20.

The fee for each class is $39. Registration can be done online at:, by calling (308) 284-9830 or by emailing