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MONTGOMERY CHAPTER CHAPTER - Oct 02, 2013
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Robotics Donations Given to Local Schools

In October, the chapter Education Foundation made donations of $5,000 to two deserving robotics programs in the River Region: the Wetumpka High School Robotics Program and the Macon County Robotics Program. The Wetumpka High School Robotics Program, led by Dr. Virginia Vilardi since 2005, is excited to put the donated funds to use funding essential computer equipment and software upgrades in preparation for the upcoming Cyber Patriot and B.E.S.T. competitions. Currently, the team brings an impressive record of competition wins, including First Place in the B.E.S.T. category and First Place overall in the 2012 War Eagle B.E.S.T. competition. The 2013-2014 school year will be Wetumpka High School’s eleventh year supporting the Robotics Program, consisting of 35 students this year. Macon County’s Robotics Program also is growing, with a current total of 40 students. These students truly embody the definition of hard work and tenacity and give up a significant amount of free time after school to dedicate to robotics. Dr. Melvin Lowe, education coordinator, Macon County Career and Technical Center, mentioned that the Career Tech Center is looking to use the robotics donation funds to enhance existing technology by incorporating iPads to connect with existing SMART Boards, providing essential software upgrades and covering fees associated with travel to robotics competitions. The Education Foundation is extremely proud to be able to support these two outstanding Robotics Programs and looks forward to watching their continued growth and success in the future.

Event Photographs:

In October, Wetumpka High School’s Robotics Team accepts a $5,000 donation from the chapter Education Foundation presented by Charisse Stokes (middle row, 2nd from r), director, Education Foundation. Dr. Virginia Vilardi (middle row, 2nd from l), program director, mentioned the team is excited to use the funds to support essential computer and software upgrades in preparation for an upcoming competition.
In October, Wetumpka High School’s Robotics Team accepts a $5,000 donation from the chapter Education Foundation presented by Charisse Stokes (middle row, 2nd from r), director, Education Foundation. Dr. Virginia Vilardi (middle row, 2nd from l), program director, mentioned the team is excited to use the funds to support essential computer and software upgrades in preparation for an upcoming competition.
Students use teamwork while working on a project in one of Wetumpka High Schools robotics labs in October.
Students use teamwork while working on a project in one of Wetumpka High Schools robotics labs in October.
Dr. Melvin Lowe (c) is joined by three Macon County Career and Technical Education Center instructors in October while accepting a robotics donation from Stokes (2nd from r).
Dr. Melvin Lowe (c) is joined by three Macon County Career and Technical Education Center instructors in October while accepting a robotics donation from Stokes (2nd from r).

For more details regarding this event contact:
Taylor Gardiner
334-314-6763

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