Marion Community Schools is participating in a groundbreaking new program, Grant County Elementary Unified Robotics, part of the Champions Together program of Special Olympics Indiana. This weekend, students will be participating in the very first Unified Robotics event!
Unified Robotics is a student designed program bringing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to students with and without intellectual disabilities. Partners and athletes work together as a team to design, build, and program their own robot.
Students will be taking part in the event this Saturday, Nov. 7, starting at 10 a.m., hosted by Northview Elementary in Gas City. Though the event is not open to the public, you can watch a live stream here. (Limited tickets were provided to the families of the students involved.)
Marion Community Schools' Champions Together program also encompasses the Unified Basketball season, which features teams from all of Grant County’s public schools, as well as the Unified Track season, when the Giants compete with schools from around the area and at the state level with a tournament system just like any other varsity sport affiliated with the Indiana High School Athletic Association. Students participate as Unified teammates, as volunteers, or even just as fans. It has also features the Little Feet Meet, a fun event that includes various track and field activities for children of all abilities.
Champions Together began is a collaboration between the IHSAA and Special Olympics that promotes servant leadership among student athletes while changing their lives as well as the lives of those with intellectual disabilities. Marion Community Schools joined Champions Together in 2015.