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Grant to Help Robotics Program
Thursday, 15 August 2013

August 15--  The Vidalia Educational Foundation is providing a grant to help the growing robotics program in the Vidalia City school system.

Image(L-R) Jo Hamilton, Vidalia Educational Foundation, VHS science teacher Jeff Ikner and VHS Principal John Sharpe

The $3,000 grant will help teacher Jeff Ikner continue to grow the program.

"We started three years ago with seven students and now we expect between 50 and 80 students.  We need materials for those students to use.  Robotics equipment is very expensive and this will go a long way to get the high school started and allowing them to compete this year," Ikner says.

Vidalia students have made strong showings in region and state science and robotics competition and Ikner feels it's a big plus for students.

"It's a method of giving them the ability to think creatively, to build and design things, learn computer programming and use math and thinking skills that other activities may not focus on," he observes.

Vidalia High School Principal John Sharpe is excited with what the program is doing.

"It's fantastic.  I had the privilege this summer of walking into camp and seeing some of the students Mr. Ikner had who started back in the first and second grades.  Those students were real involved and it was incredible the problem solving skills they were learning," he said.

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