Marion students score big in MITES program

May 16, 2019

By John Raffel

It’s been a memorable school year for Ron Schmidt and his Marion students.

Students proudly displayed their woodworking projects.

Schmidt is an industrial technology and graphic arts teacher and
Robotics/Engineering coach.

His students have been involved with MITES, which stands for Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society.

“We have concluded our year at the state level with Mites,” Schmidt said. “We had lots of winners at regional and state awards. We also set up a display of the projects in our lobby area at the high school.”

MITES, in its website, says the following about its mission;
“Empowering students, teachers, and stakeholders to grow, lead, collaborate, and advocate for industrial and technological education and workforce initiatives.”

Schmidt also recently worked with the Marion robotics team in its first season. He made the following comment in a statement:

“Overall we were part of the 542 teams in the state that competed in Robotics.  Marion ended their season ranking at 342 and receiving many compliments and safety awards. We have gained a lot of experience and now it should be really fun in the upcoming years. With robotics catching on throughout many schools, Marion has already started a Junior high robotics league. We have currently about 15 students interested in this and we have been working on getting a robotics kit assembled. The junior high has a competition on May 17th in Richmond, Michigan.”

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