Warsaw school's engineering curriculum gets boost from grant

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WARSAW, Ind. (WNDU) - Young minds and fast robots are hard at work at Sacred Heart School in Warsaw.

“I do like to build the robots, because it's very fun and it does help me with my engineering skills a lot,” sixth-grader Daniel Quezada said.

Thanks to a new curriculum, there are all kinds of new engineering options to learn.

“We're going to do an engineering unit on simple machines,” fourth-grader Isabella Lopez said. “That's what I’m really looking forward to.”

“We're doing environmental engineering with oil spills,” said Samantha Dixon, a fifth-grader. “It can harm the environment and the animals in it.”

“The teachers were really fortunate to have a workshop to learn how to teach engineering late fall, but we don't have the physical materials to be able to carry that out,” resource teacher Andrea Komorowski said.

Thanks to Martin’s Super Markets' One School at a Time $1,000 grant, the school will be able to buy project kits for the engineering classes.

“Our students are hard-working. Our teachers are very dedicated,” said the Rev. Jonathan Norton, Sacred Heart pastor. “So to have this money to have these dreams, to make these dreams come true is a big deal.”

It’s also a big deal for the community. After all, Warsaw is known for its bio-medical engineering industry.

“Now, we're starting to teach our students with these engineering units with how to be a productive member of our local community,” Komorowski said.

“It's very exciting when we get a big donation like this,” Quezada said.

Other students are looking forward to hands-on projects.

“I don't like it like school work-like school, but I like it in ways that it's fun,” sixth-grader Alex Pfefferkorn said.

If you want to nominate your school for a One School at a Time grant from Martin’s Super Markets, you can find a registration form by clicking this link.