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Shasta County Students Receive Nation's First Certification

Published On: Mar 11 2013 03:01:52 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 08 2013 12:31:04 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

Two Shasta County High School students are the first in the country to receive a ROBOTC certification.

Landon Woollard is the first in the nation, and his classmate Marissa Kuntz is the first female student in the country to receive the certification.

The RobotC course teaches a combination of robotics, engineering and computer science.  The robot itself is programmed using a version of the computer language C.

The students have to design, build and program their robots to perform various challenges.

The RobotC certification is a distinction given by Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy in Pennsylvania and is designed to help students both get jobs and get into better colleges.

Both Woollard and Kuntz say this class has helped push them into engineering and computer science majors for college. 

The class is quickly building in popularity.  Students say one of the best parts of the class is that it lets them learn by building something instead of just reading about it.