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Hopkins opens new engineering lab in city elementary school

The Baltimore Sun
November 12, 2015

Gary Hawkins III stood with a group that was admiring the ball-carrying robot he'd built in about one month. The Baltimore seventh-grader was glad they appreciated his work, but he wasn't satisfied.

"It's stable, it doesn't break down," he said. "But there's always room for improvement."

The aspiring engineer looked around brightly lit engineering lab unveiled Wednesday at Barclay Elementary/Middle School, and seemed to map out plans: programming new codes and rearranging the tables and chairs to allow for a bigger, better robot to zoom across the expansive room.

"In this space," he said, "the possibilities are for something great.

With a $5 million,10-year investment from the Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering, Barclay became the city's first pre-kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school to offer engineering and computer sciences.

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