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On March 1, the top spellers from Ashtabula, Geauga, and Lake Counties participated in the Tri-County Spelling Bee at the Western Reserve Educational Services Center…

Pacifico Wins Tri-County Spelling Bee Contest

On March 1, top spellers from Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake counties participated in the Tri-County Spelling Bee at the Western Reserve Educational Services Center. Parker Pacifico, an eighth grader at West Geauga Middle School, was crowned champion. Parker will now represent Northeast Ohio at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

WGEF awards $18,400 grant

Students in Alan Duncan’s West Geauga High School robotics class will soon be able to build, program and operate drones thanks to an $18,400 grant from the West Geauga Educational Foundation (WGEF).

WGEF is an independent, non-profit group that raises funds to support innovative approaches to teaching and learning in the West Geauga school system. Teaching and learning, like other fields, is changing. But it’s not always clear what new approaches might work. WGEF “seed” funding allows teachers and students to try out new programs, materials and technologies.

Twice during the school year—in November and February—the WGEF reviews applications from teachers, administrators, students, and parents to determine which programs to fund that will enrich and enhance the educational experiences of students in West Geauga. Over the past 37 years, the foundation has provided more than $500,000 in funds to support educational programs.

Through this grant, the robotics program will provide students with the opportunity to learn design and construction of electronic circuits/circuits, coding, engineering, and operation of land and air drones. Students will design and modify the drone kits using 3D printers previously purchased through a grant from the West Geauga Educational Foundation.

Students will be able to practice flying indoors by streaming any location in the world to the Touch IT TV, also provided by a WGEF grant. Real-time telemetry data is collected and can be tracked to provide the most realistic virtual experience possible. Students will also have the opportunity to test and earn FAA certification, which means they could be hired to operate drones right out of high school.

Other programs funded by the foundation in recent years include: 3D and CAD Project, Google Virtual Field Trips, Aquaponics Global Food Production, Elementary Robotics and Coding, Café Achieve, Great Lakes Theater School Residency, Lifeliqe Interactive Science Application, STEAM/Makerspace program, IXL e-learning tool, StarLab planetarium, WGMS athletics livestream equipment and many more.

To learn more about the West Geauga Educational Foundation or to get involved, visit www.wgef.org or email [email protected] with any questions. The foundation welcomes more members.

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