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Warwick Valley Middle School receives grant from O&R for Drone Technologies Project

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WARWICK — Warwick Valley Middle School students will have the opportunity next year to participate in the Drone Technologies Project, which will provide cutting-edge technological experiences to eighth-grade students who participate in the school’s Information Communications Technologies (ICT) class.

Funding of $961.38 was awarded to Warwick’s middle school as part of the

Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc.'s STEM Classroom Grants Pilot Program awarded the school a $961,38 grant for the program.

The utility also provided similar grants to five other schools and one Boy Scout troop in its effort to fund classroom projects designed to improve, advance and enrich student learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The Middle School project was conceived by ICT advisor and teacher Paul Garofano, who meets with the ICT students during lunch and recess periods.

Students are recruited for the class based on academic achievement and their interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

Aerial mappingAccording to Garofano, the Drone Technologies Project will include the study of 3-D robotic drones and their software, as well as the construction and use of an aerial drone.

Once the drone is operational, students will learn the basics of operating it and how to program software to achieve desired robotic actions.

They’ll also map school grounds and the natural terrain around the school using 3-D mapping software.

Other STEM initiativesThe Drone Technologies Project will complement other new initiatives in science, technology, engineering, arts and math offered by the school district, including Engineering is Elementary, Green Architecture, Robotics, Intro to Computer Science and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, school officials said.

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