On Friday, Watkins Glen High School will receive a $15,000 grant from Cargill that will be used to purchase STEM equipment for the school.
Diana Warren from Cargill will present the grant to school officials at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 17 in the school board room at the High School.
According to Karen Armstrong, technology teacher, grant funds will be used to purchase a CNC wood router, STL printer and vinyl cutter.
Armstrong worked with coworker Bob Hogan to develop a proposal for the grant. The equipment purchased will allow both teachers to expand on what they’re already teaching and demonstrate its real-world application.
“We both teach CAD programs, but had little to show students purpose to their learning. Now, with Cargill’s help, students will be able to use the equipment in real-life situations,” Armstrong said. “For example, students will be able to design a small piece of furniture in CAD then have the CNC wood router cut out the parts for assembly. Or students might work on a design and layout project and use the vinyl cutter to bring their project to life. The STL printer will be used to produce CAD design products with greater detail.”