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MARSP awarded mini-grant to BTS

Students in Aimee Tatengelo’s Woodland Elementary Computers Theme Class use the iRobots to learn about computer programming. From left are Ethan Rochon, Emil Stanchina, Kaden Bender, Josiah Johnson, Alec Powell, Noah Helgren, Myah Kaser and Riddick Donati.
Students in Aimee Tatengelo’s Woodland Elementary Computers Theme Class use the iRobots to learn about computer programming. From left are Beau Roberts and Alec Powell.

KINGSFORD — The Dickinson County chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel awarded a $250 mini-grant earlier this school year to Justin Cowen, technology director, and Aimee Tatangelo, technology teacher, at Breitung Township Schools.

They used the mini-grant to purchase two Root Lite x Coding Bundle kits, which were used in the Computers and STEM Themes at Woodland Elementary School. The kits allowed students to learn about computer science in an interactive method appropriate for their grade level.

“These kits would be used as part of a center-based system we are developing that goes along with our Strategic CS-for-ALL Resource and Implementation Planning Tool long-term plans to help educate all students, early kindergarten through 12th grade, on the importance of computer science,” Cowen stated in their mini-grant application.

MARSP, an organization of retired Michigan School Personnel, is glad to help area teachers with their projects through these mini-grants. For more information on MARSP, check the MARSP website at www.marsp.org.

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