ABS West’s inaugural All-Earth Ecobot Challenge Day caps off with big smiles


July 20, 2021 by HCDE Communications

On July 15, Academic and Behavior School West celebrated the culmination of the school’s very first All-Earth Ecobot Challenge with a Challenge Day.

Seven student teams faced off on the challenge mat to accomplish specific tasks on a competition table. For each task completed, teams were awarded points. All forty students received a certificate of participation and the top three teams received medallions.

Joe Paneitz, the curriculum director and game designer for the All-Earth Ecobot Challenge, has been involved with the competition for over ten years.

“It’s surreal [to see these students], he says. “It’s really exciting and a bit emotional because it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions and learning experiences getting to know the kids. You start to build a relationship with them and it’s exciting to see them smile. I’m seeing kids smile today, I’m seeing them get high-fives, and for this population, that is gold.”

The All-Earth Ecobot Challenge for general population students will proceed next school year with a recycling theme.

One thought on “ABS West’s inaugural All-Earth Ecobot Challenge Day caps off with big smiles

  1. Gaylynn Sanders says:

    I am so proud of our ABS West ESY Team. It is no surprise that our staff and students “Rocked the Earth Ecobot Challenge!” As I say, “EXCELLENT!”

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