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Warwick Valley Middle School receives grant from O&R for Drone Technologies Project

on July 24, 2015

Through a grant provided by Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., Warwick Valley Middle School students will have the opportunity next year to participate in the Drone  Technologies Project, which will provide cutting-edge technological experiences to eighth-grade students who participate in the school’s Information Communications Technologies (ICT) class.

Grant funding of $961.38 was awarded to Warwick’s middle school as part of the O&R STEM Classroom Grants Pilot Program, which sought to fund classroom projects designed to improve, advance and enrich student learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The project was conceived by Warwick Valley Middle School ICT Advisor/Teacher Paul Garofano, who meets with the ICT students during lunch and recess periods. (Students are recruited for the class based on high academic achievement and their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subject areas.)

According to Mr. Garofano, the Drone Technologies Project will include study of 3-D robotic drones and their software, as well as the construction and use of an aerial drone. Once the drone is operational, students will learn the basics of operating the drone and how to program software to achieve desired robotic actions. They’ll also map school grounds and the natural terrain around the school using 3-D mapping software.

The Drone Technologies Project will complement other new initiatives in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) offered by the school district, including Engineering is Elementary, Green Architecture, Robotics, Intro to Computer Science and Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

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