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4th graders at Dixie Bee Elementary School learn trade skills

The N.E.A.T program teaches 4th and 7th graders different trade skills. It recently paid a visit to a Vigo County elementary school.

Posted: Apr 17, 2019 7:39 PM
Updated: May 23, 2019 2:35 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Imagine fourth graders using power tools!

It could be pretty noisy. At Dixie Bee Elementary school, these kids were in for a treat. On Wednesday, the N.E.A.T experience paid a visit to their school. It stands for New and Emerging Automation Technology.

The program goes to every elementary and middle school in Vigo County. News 10 spoke to a few of the kiddos who partook in it. They told us this is a very exciting program.

“It’s really cool for the experience because say someone didn’t really know about the technology and stuff, now they really want to do it,” said Paxton Otto, a fourth grader at Dixie Bee.

The program is even helping kids learn hands-on skills that they’ll be able to use in their future. It opens up their possibilities so that there not only faced with going to college. With the skills they learn at this program, they could go to different trade schools.

“Knowing that I am like ahead of everybody because I have done this at an early age, I’ll be prepared for what they throw at me in high school and in college,” said Mason Loyd, another fourth grader at Dixie Bee.

Automation technology has a dark cloud over it sometimes. Some people think that it is dirty and gross. This program is showing kids that cool technology is used more than often.

Jed Vicars is the manager of the N.E.A.T experience trailer. He told News 10 he’s never had a day where kids aren’t excited. He believes it’s always great to see kids who are ready to learn new things.

“The more hands-on we can get our students, the more we can teach them without them getting bored,” said Vicars.
The program is roughly four years old. It travels to every middle school and elementary school in Vigo County.

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