Cavalier Public School grows robotics program with STEM Grant
Before an all-school assembly, that included students from pre-K through high school, American Crystal employees Stephanie Sand and Dominick Raedeke presented the Cavalier Public School with $5,000 to support STEM learning. Sand, a chemical analyst at American Crystal’s Moorhead factory, and Raedeke, a process engineer at the Drayton factory, both served on the grant selection committee, and during the visit, they got a first-hand look at how the money is already powering projects to grow Cavalier’s robotics program.
Andrew Hay, technology education teacher, along with a group of students, accepted the award on behalf of the school, which is using the funds to purchase equipment needed to reintroduce and grow a robotics club for both middle and high school students. Cavalier participated in VEX Robotics in 2009, but was unable to continue the program following the retirement of a number of participating teachers. The American Crystal grant will allow the school to re-launch the club and provide robotics as an extracurricular program for students in 2016 and for the foreseeable future. While there are currently four seniors in the robotics high school program, Hay expects numbers to increase next year, thanks to the new equipment.
The STEM grant is being provided through the Community Roots Giving Program, which has recently been expanded to deepen American Crystal’s commitment and impact on the communities where its 2,000-plus employees live and work.
A total of six schools in the RRV are receiving $5,000 grants for STEM-related education.