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UC Davis Receives Grants To Put Robots In Classrooms

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

UC Davis has received more than a million dollars in grants for  two research projects that use robots in the classroom.  The National Science Foundation gave one grant to the school to study how robots and hand-held computers might help West Sacramento kids learn.

UC Davis Professor Harry Cheng is directing the study. He says recent research shows 75-percent of students who fail multiple times to pass a class end up dropping out of school altogether, " Developing the work force -our next generation work force- is very important because the U.S. is really falling behind in the k-12 education.  This is the weak link in our education systems"

Cheng also secured a grant to integrate robots into math and science classes in Sacramento. UC Davis education and engineering students will help develop the curriculum for grades K-through-14.  Cheng says 24 classrooms will ultimately be part of this study and teachers can start applying to be part of it soon.
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