2007-01-18 / Upcoming Events

New science program offered at St. Michael's school

Beginning last Saturday, Jan. 13, and continuing through Feb. 24, St. Michael's Country Day School in Newport is embarking on an innovative student enrichment program that's goal is to put identical educational opportunities within reach of an increased number of students from the diverse community of Newport.

Working from a grant awarded to the school last summer by the Newport County Fund of The Rhode Island Foundation, the school is partnering with the Martin Luther King Community Center, Newport Boys and Girls clubs, and Salve Regina University's School of Education in order to provide a cutting-edge exploration of computer science and robotics. The program has been dubbed ChIRP, an acronym for Children Investigating Robotics and Programming.

Chosen from a pool of eligible fourth- through seventh-graders, participants will come together on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon to explore computer science and robotics. According to program co-ordinator Charles Laurent, ChIRP is open to all interested students and aims to have a circle of participants that is reflective of the uniquely diverse community of Newport.

The ChIRP program will utilize two of the newest educational technologies fresh from the MIT Media Lab, including PICO Crickets and Scratch.

The program is limited to 20 students, and is free of charge. It will run on Saturday mornings, from 9 a.m. to noon, from Jan. 13 to Feb. 24. For more information contact, Charles Laurent at St. Michael's school, 849-5970, ext. 302.

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