Vail School District STEM Programs Receive Rosemont Copper Donationsby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Jun. 10, 2013, under Press Releases
TUCSON, AZ (June 10, 2013) –The Vail School District’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs received a $5,000 donation from Rosemont Copper. The contribution will support the District’s robotics and agriculture classes.
A $3,000 check was presented to the robotics team at the Vail Academy. In a letter of appreciation, Don Adams, science teacher and team mentor, said that the money would be used to buy a milling machine, better cutting tools and other needed items for the shop. At the presentation, the students demonstrated two of the robots that they had designed and constructed. It was very impressive.
“I really appreciate Rosemont Copper investing in students who are actually doing engineering in high school. The immediate impact of that money into our program helps kids now,” said Dennis J. Barger, Vail Academy & High School Principal. “These are the kids who are putting in the time, and are most likely to pursue jobs in the engineering field in the future.”
A $2,000 check was presented to the Cienega High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) in support of the chapter’s Tilapia Farm project. The students have harvested 350 pounds of fish and ended the 2012-2013 school year with approximately 1,000 fish ranging in weight from 2 pounds to 3 pounds. Rosemont’s donation was used to purchase a new fish tank, now stocked with 250 Tilapia fingerlings ranging in length from 2-inches to 4-inches.
“We are grateful to receive funding from Rosemont. Our students are excited to be able to expand their project for the next school year,” said Aron Schmidt, Director, High School Instruction and CTE, at the Vail District Office. “The donation will allow for more students to participate and have the opportunity to learn renewable resource management and how that will affect their own community as adults.”
In addition to the 2012-2013 STEM donations, Rosemont has contributed six $2,000 scholarships to Pima Community College scholarships to graduating seniors from the Vail School District since the 2010-2011 for a total of $48,000.