- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Education is providing $200,000 to start a robotics program at the Moss Point Career and Technical Education Center.

Durand Payton is the career and technical education director for Moss Point schools.

He says many students there learn best by acting and doing, and the program will be a pre-engineering curriculum. He says students will get to work with the sort of robotics used in factories like the Toyota assembly plant in Canton.

Payton says the system’s higher education partnerships mean students cab become familiar with engineering while at Moss Point High, continue at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and get an engineering degree from Mississippi State University.

Payton says the program will begin during the coming school year, and students can participate in robotics competitions.

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