SMC Board of Ed Recognizes $15,000 donation

Leonardtown, MD- On Wed. Jan. 16, the St. Mary’s County Board of Education (BOE) recognized both the Patuxent Partnership and Northrop Grumman for their “generous” donation of robots to the elementary schools in St. Mary’s County.

“We were gifted about $15,000 in robots from the Wonder Workshop,” stated Supervisor of Instruction Denise Mandis who later described the “Dash” and “Dot” robots as “cute little robots. Kindergarteners can use them and they can go up to students in fifth grade as well.” Each elementary school in the county received “two Dash robots, two Dot robots, and supplementary materials.” The robots help teach students how to code and they “support the STEM for All initiative.” Mandis concluded the recognition by expressing, “the innovation and creativity that these robots allow our students to invest are truly amazing.”

Bonnie Green, Patuxent Partnership executive director, and Scott Stewart, corporate lead executive for Northrop Grumman at PAX, were present to accept the recognition. The Patuxent Partnership is a non-profit that works to “advance education through STEM-based initiatives.”

The organization worked with Northrop Grumman and the school system to facilitate the donation. “It’s certainly a pleasure to be able to work for a company that values giving resources to the future of America and we do it through STEM programs,” stated Stewart who concluded the acceptance stating that the “head start” the students are getting is “exciting to be a part of” for the company.

The next BOE meeting will take place Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. For more information, the meeting’s live stream is available on the St. Mary’s County Public Schools Youtube.

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