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Acellus robots now in place at Washington Elementary and Junior High Schools

11/15/2017, noon | Updated on 11/15/2017, noon
District 148 is one of the first school districts in Illinois to have the Acellus STEM Robotics Labs. The school ...
Acellus Trainer Tim Habing, Senior Acellus Trainer Jon Thomas and District 148 Assistant Superintendent Dr. Patricia Moore pose with one of the Acellus robots now in place at Washington Elementary and Junior High Schools

Acellus robots now in place at Washington Elementary and Junior High Schools

Dolton West Elementary District 148 administrators, teachers and students are

getting some hands-on experience with robotics.

The District has implemented Acellus STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Robotic Labs at Washington Elementary and Junior High Schools. The labs are being piloted this year at these two Riverdale schools. They are two of 10 District 148 schools. District 148 is one of the first school districts in Illinois to have the Acellus STEM Robotics Labs. The school system is looking forward to implementing the labs Districtwide.

“We are overjoyed to deliver such a unique and imperative educational experience to our young people. It is imperative that we help prepare them for

college and career options in the STEM fields. We love and appreciate having the

ability to fully equip our students with cutting edge technology in the classrooms,”

said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kevin J. Nohelty.

A total of 15 Acellus robots are in place at the Washington Schools and students are currently engaged in the program’s lessons.

Students use touch-screen monitors, dry erase markers and a specially-coated tabletop to learn, interact with and use coding language to program the small, blue and white Acellus robots.

These labs allow students to learn, discover and create in a hands-on environment designed to prepare students for STEM careers in society. Teacher and administrator training has already taken place and will continue during

the coming weeks.

Matching funds for the purchase of the Acellus STEM Learning Pods, Acellus

licenses and media servers was made available through grants. Grant funding also

was provided for professional development for teachers and administrators.

Approximately 2,100 students in prekindergarten through eighth grade attend

District 148 schools. The District serves families in sections of Dolton, Riverdale,

Harvey and South Holland.