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Updated: 06/08/2013 08:00:41AM

Poly partners with Winter Haven Hospital for Robotics Camp

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Christine Roslow


Three teachers were the winners of $1,000.00 mini-grants from Polk County Industry and Community Advisory Panel. They completed the grants and presented the results at the May 28 ICAP meeting in Fort Meade. They were, from left, Laura Holland from Bartow Middle School for Let's Do a Scientific Investigation, Phyllis Harris from Fort Meade Middle Senior High for Gotta Have Heart and Let's Go Solar Everyone and Cheryl Fogel from Kingsford Elementary for Zoo School at Kingsford Elementary. Businesses responsible for the grants were A-C-Tand ArrMaz.


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Florida Poly is partnering with the Robotics Institute and Center for Urology at Winter Haven Hospital and All Saints Academy to offer a four week summer camp that gives high school students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with robotics. The camp begins
June 3.

The innovative program named Merit — Medical Engineering and Robotics Innovation for Tomorrow — teaches the future generation, about the future of medical technology.

During the program, high school students from All Saints Academy, Lake Wales High School and Bartow High School will learn about medical imaging, radiation, pharmacotherapy, and surgical robotics from medical doctors from the Center.

Additionally, they will observe procedures using the latest medical surgical equipment including the DaVinci robotic platform.

One of the highlights of the program is that participants will receive their own small robot to use on projects during the camp. The robot, operated by a smartphone, has interactive capabilities and can even take photos via remote control. Students will use their robots to present their final projects during their graduation on June 26.

Welcome reception for LeRoy Tuesday

A welcome reception is set for Tuesday afternoon for the Polk County School District’s new superintendent.

The reception for Kathryn LeRoy is set at 4 p.m. at the Jim Miles Professional Development Center located at 5204 U.S. Highway 98 S. There will be a formal introduction of LeRoy at 5 p.m.

She was formerly the director of High School Programs for Duval County Schools.

She is due to be sworn in as the new superintendent at the school board meeting that afternoon. She started the job on June 1.

Bartow student accepted to Union College

Taylor Cornelius of Bartow has been accepted to attend Union College for the fall semester of 2013.

Located in Barbourville, Ky., Union offers an educational experience where students receive personal attention to help make their educational experience successful. At Union, the average professor-to-student ratio is 14:1, so students can expect small class sizes and close interactions with instructors. Union is a four-year liberal arts school related to the United Methodist Church.

Bartow student graduates from Clemson

Christian Putnam Spinosa of Bartow, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Mechanization and Business, from Clemson University.

He was one of 3,053 students who received degrees at three commencement ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum on May 10. Graduates in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities and the College of Business and Behavioral Science received their degrees at a morning ceremony. Those from the colleges of Agricultural Forestry and Life Science; and Health, Education and Human Development received theirs in an afternoon ceremony. College of Engineering and Science graduates received theirs in an evening ceremony.

Free summer meals available

The School Nutrition Department has nutritionally balanced meals to children beginning June 12 and until July 31, except for July 4.

They will be provided to all children during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. All children 18 and younger are eligible.

In Bartow the meals will be available at Bartow Middle from 11:30 a.m.-noon, Carver Recreation Center from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Gibbons Street Elementary from 7:30-8 a.m., Jean O’ Dell Learning Center from 9-9:30 a.m. and Spessard L. Holland Elementary from 7:30-8 a.m.

In Mulberry it will be at Mulberry High from 8-8:45 a.m., and noon-12:45 p.m. and Purcell Elementary from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Adopt-a-Senior project meets big success

Only in its inception still the Adopt-a-Senior project took in more than $11,000 worth of items to help homeless students in Polk County this year.

That includes $8,381 in cash and checks, $1,835 in gift cards and $290 in rolls of quarters.

Some 120 people and organizations pulled their resources together as part of the Adopt-a-Senior Project. Starting in February, The Learning Support Division’s Sunshine Committee worked in conjunction with the District’s Hearth Project to assist with the collection of items for graduating students who are displaced or have no permanent home. As of May 10, there were approximately 124 Polk County Public Schools’ seniors who are in these circumstances.

The Hearth Project reports, as of May 10, there are 2,515 homeless students who attend Polk County Public Schools.

Volunteers sought for READ workshop

READ Polk has a free training workshop for those who would like to teach adults how to read and speak English as a Second Language from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday,
June 20 at Polk State College in the Lakeland Technology Building, Room 1310, 3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland.

Lunch will not be provided, however, there is a full service restaurant within the building that will be open until 2 p.m. for participants to buy lunch. Snacks will be handed out in the morning.

No experience is necessary. Volunteers will receive the training and materials to become certified tutors. Class size is limited. Register by calling 863-802-1512 or via email at by noon on Tuesday, June 18. For information, call 863-802-1512.

Duke Foundation awards $50,000 to Polk Education Foundation

Duke Foundation’s $50,000 award to the Polk Education Foundation will be used to offer science, technology, engineering and math mini-grants to 29 Polk County elementary, middle and high schools next year.

Selected Polk schools will have the opportunity to apply for competitive mini-grants that have a strong STEM focus. Schools may choose to expand knowledge of STEM curriculum and teaching methods through related professional development. After attending PD, teachers would return to their schools with the requirement to train their colleagues to increase teacher quality in STEM areas. Also schools could use the money to purchase materials to implement a new STEM program or enhance an existing one, in order to increase learning for their students.

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