MISD Education Foundation is Proud to Support their First Academic Program

robotics award

The MISD Education Foundation is proud to support their first academic program for the 2016-2017 school year. The foundation recently received two generous donations earmarked for the MISD Robotics Program. These donations were given by Universal Machining, Inc.-Steve and Melissa Trubenbach and OWN Energy. These donations have allowed MISD to begin Phase I for the Robotics and Industrial Automation Laboratory at Muenster High School.  This laboratory will fall in alignment under the Career and Technical Education in Robotics and Industrial Automation curriculum within the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  Initiated and proposed by Computer and Robotics instructor, Mr. Ricky Harris, Phase I costs include an automation lab, tools, equipment, consumable materials, contest entry fees and other miscellaneous items for twelve students for the school year. The goal for the 2017-2018 school year is to enter Phase II.  Phase II will be designed to meet TEKS for Robotics 2 for 11-12 grade students utilizing actual robotic devices and microcontrollers used in the industry.

The robotics program is a “STEM” based curriculum.  STEM is based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics- in an interdisciplinary approach. STEM prepares a student for the possibility of two career paths. The first path would be the pursuit of a degree in a STEM field.  The second path would be for those looking to go directly into the workforce. In Muenster there are several industrial manufacturing companies that have CNC machining, plasma cutting, conveyer systems and other automated systems.  Heating and Air companies use automated systems as well.  These industries need prospective employees with skills in robotics, programming and automation as well as “soft skills” of team dynamics, time management, problem-solving, critical thinking and communication. The robotics program would prepare students for both paths.

The MISD Education Foundation board members believe in the benefits of this program and the positive impact it will have on students at Muenster High School.  Donations are actively being accepted to complete Phase I and begin Phase II of this much needed program.  The students at MISD thank you for your help in attaining this invaluable program on their behalf.  Donations can be made to MISD Education Foundation, Attn: Robotics Program, P.O. Box 608, Muenster, TX, 76252, and is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.  

 

Presentation of Donation:

Pictured are:    L to R: MISD Education Foundation board members Denise Bayer, Michelle Spaeth, Dennis Hess, Susan Hermes-President, Melissa Trubenbach, Muenster High School Computer/Robotics instructor Ricky Harris, Steve Trubenbach, and other Foundation board members, Steve Self and Allen Fleitman.