Canajoharie school district to buy robots
through Stewart’s grant
Students in Canajoharie will soon have access to
a dozen robots offering them hands-on opportunities to learn coding,
math, physics, engineering and more.
Thanks to a $600 grant from the Stewart’s Holiday
Match Program, the district has ordered 12 Sphero robotic balls. The
grant was written by Canajoharie High School Librarian Tammy Jones.
Mrs. Jones said she applied for the grant to
purchase the robots after attending a robotics class through the
Northeast Regional Information Center (NERIC). After the class, the
library was able to borrow several robots from NERIC, including the
Teachers will be able to incorporate the robots
into classroom work across subject areas. Students involved in the
high school’s Computer Science Internship (CSI) program will also
use the Spheros, and the robots will be shared with middle school
teachers as well.
The public will get a chance to see the robots
in action this spring. CSI students will put on a demonstration
before each performance in the upcoming Spring Concert Series. The
concerts are slated for 7 p.m. on June 1, 5 and 6.
The Canajoharie school district was one of more
than 1,700 organizations to receive a Stewart’s Holiday Match grant
this year. From Thanksgiving to Christmas Day, Stewart’s customers
donated more than $926,000 to the program. Those donations were
doubled to more than $1.85 million with the Stewart’s match. The
program has now allocated more than $24 million since the program’s
inception in 1986.
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