As Gabriel Wallon and Michael Lara looked over the sheet of instructions in front of them, the fourth-graders took turns reaching for Legos while attempting to follow the directions.

“I told you, this one goes here,” Gabriel said as the two laughed and switched sides at their shared workspace.

They weren’t the only ones excitedly attacking their new project.

Gabriel and Michael were joined by the other six members of the technology club at La Purísima Concepción Catholic School, where, on Dec. 10, the group opened and officially began working with brand-new state-of-the-art equipment.

Thanks to a grant and a couple of private donations, the school was able to purchase five Lego robotics kits that it hopes to soon incorporate throughout its curriculum. The kits arrived this month and the tech club, which meets after school on Tuesdays, got the first crack at using with the new tools.

“It’s kind of exciting because we’re the first on the block to get these,” said Joe Inverso, a science teacher at the school and tech club advisor.

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