Grantham University is donating 18 new Ozobot robots to Tomahawk Elementary School in Olathe, Kan. School librarian, Krista Hardy, has been instrumental in spearheading the school’s STEM education initiative by creating a makerspace for the students.

Leila Gallagher

Krista HardyOLATHE, Kan. – April 14, 2017Grantham University is donating 18 new Ozobots to Olathe School District’s Tomahawk Elementary School to help advance their new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) library program. The presentation of the robotics kit is 11 a.m. on Monday, April 3 at Tomahawk Elementary and will honor the school’s librarian, Krista Hardy, for spearheading the school’s STEM education initiative.

“We are so excited about this generous gift of Ozobots from Grantham University,” Hardy said. “We cannot wait to see the looks on the students’ faces when they get this hands-on opportunity with the Ozobots.”

The classroom set of 18 Ozobots can be programmed using colored pens and will provide students hands-on coding and robotics experience. Students who use the Ozobots can gain skills to help them in their academics while making STEM education more enjoyable.

“We want our students to be able to construct, experiment, invent, design, research and explore to help develop strong critical thinking skills, and the Ozobots help them do just that,” Hardy said. “Since Tomahawk Elementary primarily serves underprivileged students, the Ozobots will really help give students access to STEM resources that they may not have otherwise.”

This is the first time in Tomahawk Elementary’s history to receive a donation of this kind. Grantham University’s Ozobot donation will help the school achieve their goal of growing the STEM education program. Grantham University’s Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Dr. Nancy Miller, worked closely with Hardy to coordinate the donation. Miller, along with other Grantham University faculty and staff, will be attending Monday’s presentation of the Ozobots.

“Grantham University is committed to both serving our community and to advancing STEM education,” Miller said. “We’re thrilled to be able to partner with a local school to help more students gain access to education that will better prepare them for the future.”

In addition to the donation of the robots, Grantham University invited Hardy as their honored guest to attend the 20th Annual Statesmanship Awards Dinner in Washington D.C. on March 29. The dinner honored community leaders who advocate for STEM research and education.

“As a University that supports STEM education, we were excited to have a local school represented with us in D.C.,” said Cheryl Hayek, Interim University President. “We appreciate all that Krista has done to make Tomahawk’s STEM program a success.”

About Grantham University: Established in 1951, today the University offers more than 50 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. The College of Engineering and Computer Science offers 13 different degree programs and is designed to prepare adult learners for careers in engineering, computer and information technologies through online integrated curricula that blend theory, application and general skills needed to succeed in a changing global society.