The June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development, of the College of Education, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Alcon to expand funding for the Arts and Bots project.
Arts and Bots integrates technology, literature, and history through the use of familiar art supplies, circuit boards, lights, motors and sensors. Students design, build, and program robots that tell stories of literary and historical characters and events while promoting technological literacy and informal learning.
Arts and Bots is one of several projects implemented by the Harless CREATE satellite, a branch of Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab at the June Harless Center. The satellite integrates robotics and technology initiatives in West Virginia schools including Marshall University Professional Development Schools. This initiative aligns with the mission of the Harless Center to provide leadership in education initiatives for West Virginia educators and students.
The grant, which was originally designed to encourage middle school girls’ interest in STEM topics, was expanded to include both genders and a larger age group due to its success. The funds will be used to provide teachers stipends, equipment and support to 16 teachers in eight schools. In addition, it will enable educators and rural communities in West Virginia to have a portal to the flow of cutting edge technologies and programs being developed at the lab in Pittsburgh.
The vision of the CREATE Lab is to catalyze local and global community change by technologically empowering people to creatively explore, learn, share and directly improve our ecology. The Harless Center’s mission is to provide leadership in education initiatives for West Virginia educators and students.
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