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June Harless Center at Marshall awarded grant

Nov. 13, 2011 @ 11:25 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development and the College of Education at Marshall University was recently awarded a $207,000 grant to establish a satellite of Carnegie Mellon University's CREATE Lab.

The satellite would be created at the June Harless Center to implement 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 funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, will enable educators and rural communities in West Virginia a real-time portal to the flow of 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 satellite was created as a result of the success of the GigaPan Outreach Grant, which is beginning its second year. Other programs to be initiated include Message From Me, Robot Diaries and Hear Me.

Message From Me enables young children to better communicate with parents and caretakers about their daytime activities at childcare centers through the use of digital cameras, microphones, email, phone messaging and other technologies. Robot Diaries 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 the stories of literary and historical characters and events while promoting technological literacy and informal learning.

Hear Me seeks to amplify childrens' voices using media and technology to create a world where children are heard, acknowledged and understood, thereby giving them the power to inspire social change.