The Huntington Foundation has been raising and donating monies to the Huntington School District for classroom innovations for more than two decades. The organization recently contributed nearly $17,000 to help launch a new high school computer integrated manufacturing class.
“We were fortunate to receive the support of the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation in the form of a grant, which allowed us to fund the purchase a CNC milling machine for the high school, which will provide an opportunity to offer a new robotics course in September,” said Alice Marie Rorke, president of the Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education.
The full year, one credit course is open to students in grades 10-12. The class is being offered in collaboration with Project Lead the Way, a non-profit organization that develops STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curricula for use by schools across the country.
Huntington is collaborating with
Project Lead the Way on the new course.
“With the help of HFEE’s generous donation, talented staff, and, of course, interested students, we continue to broaden our curricula in a manner that will provide students with hands-on, 21st century experiences in alignment with potential post-secondary courses of study and modern-day career opportunities,” Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “As anticipated, the demand for and excitement surrounding the new class have been high.”
Knowledge of algebra and geometry is recommended for those enrolling in the course. The class will focus on the study of manufacturing planning, integration and implementation of automation.
“The course explores manufacturing history, individual processes, systems and careers,” states the high school course guide. “In addition to technical concepts, the course incorporates finance, ethics and engineering design. This reflects an integrated approach that leading manufacturers have adopted to improve safety, quality, and efficiency. Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based teaching and learning pedagogy, students will analyze, design and build manufacturing systems. While implementing these designs, students will continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities and understanding of the design process. Students apply knowledge gained throughout the course in a final open-ended problem to build a factory system.”
The class is one of the specialization courses in Project Lead the Way’s high school pre-engineering program. “The course utilizes computer modeling, computer numeric control equipment and computer aided manufacturing software to apply and concurrently develop secondary-level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science and technology,” according to the course guide.
“I’m so excited that with the help of the Huntington Foundation and the Claire Friedlander Foundation, we will be bringing the first Project Lead the Way class to Huntington High School this fall,” said technology teacher Brian Reynolds, who heads the high school’s robotics program.
Students who complete the course can earn college credit through Rochester Institute of Technology. School counselors are able to provide more information about this opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing it. The new course has an initial enrollment of 18 students.
“I am so very grateful for HFEE’s help in acquiring a new CNC milling machine, which is instrumental for our robotics program and brand new computer integrated manufacturing course,” Principal Brenden Cusack said. “This costly piece of machinery is essential for the new course to run. With HFEE’s help, we are able to offer this exciting and innovative class, which will bring new STEM opportunities to a wide array of students from all walks of life. HFEE’s leadership, partnership, dedication and generosity continue to benefit all of Huntington’s students. For this I am truly thankful.”
Mr. Reynolds believes new course will have a significant impact on students interested in pursuing STEM related careers. “This class helps students discover and explore manufacturing processes, product design, robotics and automation and then they apply what they have learned to design solutions for real-world manufacturing problems,” he said.
The Huntington Foundation donated $79,400 to the district during the 2016/17 school year, including $50,260 for its Star grant program, $4,116 for mini-grant awards, $16,947 for the CNC milling machine, $5,325 for students to participate in the Greenkill outdoor education program who would not have otherwise been able to afford the trip, $250 for field trips and a $2,500 scholarship.