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Intel Corp. provides Madras-based district with 600 kits to strengthen technology and essential skills

SUBMITTED  - Wyatt Bennett checks out his Lunar Lander, made from one of the kits provided to 509-J School Distdrict by Intel.Earlier this month, Jefferson County School District 509-J was the proud recipient of a donation from Intel Corporation of Future Skills kits designed to help students strengthen their technology and essential skills, and build their confidence and capacity for innovation, complex problem-solving and persistence.

Intel donated 600 Future Skills Activity Kits, along with 150 goodie bags to students in Jefferson County. The kits came in four different STEM/Design thinking-based activities:

Paper Circuits – Create interactive art using copper tap, LEDs and a coin cell battery to build a flat paper circuit to bring your art to life.

Slime – Create and test basic slime recipes and then concoct a new slime creation of your own design.

Scribble Bot – Create a simple robot that can autonomously scribble or draw on paper.

Lunar Lander – Using only the materials listed, design and build a device that will keep an "astronaut" safe when dropped from various heights.

"We have been very fortunate to be the recipient of Intel's kindness and generosity in helping to prepare our students for their future through hands-on learning that incorporates both social emotional and technical skills through creative and fun project-based learning," said Melinda Boyle, director of curriculum and instruction for the school district.

The kits will be available to Jefferson County School District students once in-person classes resume.

Jefferson County School District 509-J was also recently named one of seven school districts in Oregon that will receive grants next month to support students at Title I schools with laptops, internet connectivity, and LEGO Education learning solutions as part of the Creative Learning Connections grant program.


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