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Students enjoying robots, iPads

Program, new hardware benefits of Joy of the Gospel grant

WESTON (SNR) – First-graders at St. John Nepomucene School in Weston recently showcased for their parents some of their new educational adventures.

The first-graders, as well as other grades at St. John, have been working on computer coding and programming skills with new iPads provided by the Diocesan Education Technology Office.

 

The robots can be programmed from the iPad to perform specific tasks. The first-graders programmed the robots to move to a picture of a saint, while they shared a few facts in the saint’s story.

St. John School and St. Wenceslaus School in Wahoo both applied for a grant from the Joy of the Gospel campaign’s Flavin Fund to purchase the robotics program and curriculum for their students.

Students also participate in a robotics club for grades 5-12 with Bishop Neumann High School in Wahoo. The club and the grade school robotics program were a part of the Saunders Catholic Schools’ strategic plan created in 2015. Many parents, volunteers and staff, as well as generous donors and grants, helped make the vision a successful program.

Saunders Catholic Schools serve students and families from St. Joseph Parish in Colon, St. Mary in Davey, St. James in Mead, Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Plasi, St. John in Prague, St. Vitus in Touhy, Ss. Mary and Joseph in Valparaiso, St. Wenceslaus in Wahoo and St. John in Weston.

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