Robots Invade

This short story in the June 2009 issue of Maple Grove Magazine is about how Red Hot Robots summer class teaches kids (grades 1-7) how to--you guessed it--build robots. Not only is the class concept interesting, but the main source in the story, Colin Kilbane, the operations director at Saint Paul's imaginative learning program Mad Science, has an intriguing theory: get kids hooked on science before junior high, or the likelihood of them sustaining any serious level of interest in the subject dwindles drastically. The challenge this story presented was squeezing a lot of relevant info into a small space.