Westminster receives Arduino Bot kits from NICERC
Equipping Students for Cyber Education
On Thursday, Sept. 21, Westminster unveiled the donation of ten Arduino Bot kits from the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC). Westminster is the first private school in the Augusta area to receive these kits, which will be used to educate students in problem-solving and programming skills.
Kevin Nolten, Director of NICERC stated, “Cyber education is more prevalent in K-12 and a foundational component of a student’s education. Our nation’s teachers must be empowered to engage their students in entirely new ways and to provide them with 21st-century skills …especially in the Augusta region.”
The kits will also enhance the capabilities of newly-opened Knox Hall, the school’s center for STEM educational activities. Future capabilities envisioned for the new facility include a “maker space” with a 3-D printer.
Westminster is an active participant in the Alliance for Cybersecurity Education (ACE). ACE members include the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance for Fort Gordon. Tom Clark, Executive Director shared, “The Alliance is excited to partner with local schools to ensure our students are aware of the many opportunities in cybersecurity and are equipped for success.”
In attendance at the unveiling included Board Chair Tom Phelan, Head of School Brian Case, Kendra Sue Finch, Spanish teacher and Educational Technology Innovation Coordinator, and students from both the Middle and Upper School who are currently involved with Robotics Club and the Cryptology Club.