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Wetumpka High School robotics team members pose for a photo with Charise Stokes of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and teacher Virginia Vilardi. Photo by Peggy Blackburn
Wetumpka High School robotics team members pose for a photo with Charise Stokes of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and teacher Virginia Vilardi. Photo by Peggy Blackburn

WHS robotics awarded $5,000 grant

Published 9:05pm Sunday, October 6, 2013

Wetumpka High School Robotics got a much-needed boost this week. The Montgomery Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association presented a $5,000 check to help the program with expenses.

“We award grants to robotics organizations,” said Charisse Stokes, director of AFCEA’s education foundation. “They submitted an application and it was approved. This is our fourth year awarding a grant here. We also awarded one to Macon County Public Schools.”

Stokes explained that AFCEA has been actively involved with the WHS robotics program.

“We sent Mrs. (Virginia) Vilardi to Carnegie-Mellon two years ago for additional training,” she said. “We also have some volunteers who help them – from government, business and academia. Our association’s main focus and objective is to foster IT within the schools.”

Vilardi said the money will be put to good use as soon as possible.

“We need to upgrade our computers,” she said. “We’re already well into our BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) competition preparation. And we will be doing Cyber Patriot this year as well, but we only have one computer that will run the program ­software.”

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