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K-12 NOTEBOOK: Emerado awarded grant for robotics

Emerado (N.D.) Public School recently received a $10,000 grant through America's Farmers Grow Rural Education to start a new robotics program, according to the district.

Emerado (N.D.) Public School recently received a $10,000 grant through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education to start a new robotics program, according to the district.

Fifth- through eighth-grade students will design, construct and evaluate the machines throughout the yearlong elective course, which helps them understand Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts. They will compete at a state tournament in February.

The district believes that a STEM-rich elective robotics program will engage and inspire while fostering skills that are important for a variety of careers, said Superintendent Sara Bilden.

The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which partners with farmers to support education, service organizations and youth in rural America, according to the initiative.

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  • Students at Fertile-Beltrami (Minn.) High School engaged in an annual Future Farmers of America poultry, forestry and soils competition on Oct. 8.

At the event, about 150 students from northwest Minnesota were judged by how many logs they could chainsaw off a tree, their identification of different poultry and other skills, said Carter Burke, FFA chapter president and Region I treasurer. This competition is one of three that students are eligible to compete in. 
Sixteen total teams from Fertile-Beltrami - six in poultry, six in forestry and four in soils - will advance to the state competition in April in the Twin Cities.

The FFA event at the school helps students learn early on if they want to choose an agriculture-related career, said Burke.

“It helps prepare them for that and college,” he said.

  • Community High School in Grand Forks recently received a $2,000 grant because of a mentoring program, according to the Grand Forks School District.

The mentoring program at Community is designed to teach students the value of education and encourage them to consider further training or education after high school, according to the district.
Community was among 100 winners that will now compete for an additional $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000 through Voya Financial, a financial, retirement, investment and insurance company that also supports education.

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