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June Harless Center receives $10K grant

Sep. 09, 2012 @ 10:40 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development, part of the College of Education at Marshall University, was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from Alcon to expand funding for the Arts and Bots project.

Arts and Bots integrate technology, literature and history through the use of 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. It 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.

Funds will be used to provide teachers stipends, equipment and support to 16 teachers in eight schools. It also will enable educators in rural communities in West Virginia a real-time portal to the flow of cutting edge technologies and programs being developed at the lab in Pittsburgh.