The students initially approached the Cheatham County School Board in December about their idea to help a fellow student, who was homebound.
At the time, the students said the robot would allow the student to navigate the halls of SMS and participate in class via video without leaving their home.
At Tuesday’s workshop, the School Board surprised Stokes and the SMS students with the Double 2 robot.
“We appreciate the students’ initiative to present this amazing project. The School Board supported this project 100 percent from the beginning, and we are so excited to present our first mobile student,” said Interim Director of Schools Stacy Brinkley.
Brinkley thanked the students for bringing the idea to the School Board.
“This project shows that the students at SMS are striving to make experiences for all students better. We are so fortunate to have teachers like Mrs. Stokes that give students project-based learning experiences,” she said.
Stokes said she is proud of her students’ effort, and she thanked SMS administrators and the School Board for listening to and believing in her students.
“They worked for it and initiated change for our county,” she said.
The new robot will be named Alpha, representing the district's first robot and project that was student-inspired.