Melrose Elementary School students kicked off STEAM Week with a virtual assembly hosted by robotics engineer Mike Hector, who happens to be an alumnus of the small school in Roseburg and a roboticist for the top tech companies in the world.
“It takes a lot of STEM skills to design and build these robots,” Hector said. “But it also takes a lot of creativity to come up with new ideas to make them better. When I was a student at Melrose, I loved playing with marbles at recess, running the Melrose mile, and going to the beach during the fifth grade coast trip. And along with my reading, writing and math classes, I also built robots.”
Hector went on to attend Jo Lane Middle School, Roseburg High School, University of Portland and Oregon State University, continuing to focus more on engineering and robotics at each school.
Hector hosted two interactive…