Magnanimous gift goes to science

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June 2, 2016 12:00 AM

Holy Rosary High School teacher Jennifer Zettle, principal Vince Orieux and teacher Jade Scutt were surprised with a $10,000 cheque by students in the school library, which came from a successful grant application to British Petroleum. The money will go toward new tech-based programming that'll be rolled out next year.

Holy Rosary High School is offering new programming for students next year and the classes just received a generous financial boost.
After applying for a grant from British Petroleum, the school received a $10,000 cheque to go toward the new science and technology based programs, which will be using some expensive high-tech equipment.
“We applied for the grant a couple weeks ago and we knew that we had the potential to get a $10,000 grant to help start a new program that we’re doing here called Scientific Design and STEM, being science, technology, engineering and math,” said teacher Jade Scutt.
“Walking in we didn’t really know if we were going to get it at all, but it was a big surprise, especially to see all the students congratulate us with the cheque.”
The grant win was kept a secret from Scutt and fellow teacher Jennifer Zettle, both of whom will be involved with the new programming next fall.
They were then tricked into visiting the school library on the pretence of looking at a new smart board to be used next year, when they were surprised by students with the $10,000 cheque.
“We were just talking some other business, setting up the programs for next year,” said Zettle.
“All of a sudden we came in and there was a whole pile of students and we found out we did win the $10,000, so we were really happy about it.”
Scutt said it was a big relief and there’s a lot of potential for the new classes with the extra start up cash.
One project in the new programs is called ‘How efficient of you’ and it’s about understanding conservation through green robots.
Most of the money is going toward buying robotics equipment and some program equipment so students can learn robotics and coding, and then bring that back to science to see how they can apply it to some scientific concepts.
“With that as well we’re getting a couple solar panels that’ll help us power the robots themselves, so entirely the robots and whole robotic program should be self sustaining,” Scutt said.
Vice principal Jason Almond said it’s most exciting for the students as many of them have a heavy interest in things like coding, and robotics and being able to offer classes related to the subject will increase their interest in school as a whole.
“It’s exciting for the kids because you talk about what new types of things they’d like to be involved in, and when we start talking about robotics and robots, and when we start talking about coding for computers, it excites the kids,” he said.
“Now if there’s something in school that they can do, it excites them even more and it just helps in the overall learning.”

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