Wednesday, October 2, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 2013
ZENO TO JOIN VIETNAM VETERAN URBAN MIYARES AND USMC LT. COL. MITCH BELL AT CANNON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STEM EVENT
Grapevine, TX – Cannon Elementary School in Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District is set to host an event on October 4th for its new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative. The event will be held at Cannon Elementary in Grapevine from 7:45-8:45am.
The morning will be highlighted with an appearance by Urban Miyares, an Army veteran who lost his sight during the Vietnam War. Miyares, a nationally-recognized entrepreneur and motivational speaker, is president of the San Diego-based Disabled Businesspersons Association and is director of Special Kids in Business, a groundbreaking after-school entrepreneur and mentor program for school-aged children with disabilities. The students will also be addressed by Lt. Colonel Mitch Bell, a pilot with American Airlines who is still active in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
The STEM event will feature a demonstration of Zeno, a humanoid robot that is used to help diagnose and treat children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Zeno is part of research currently being conducted at the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI). UTARI researcher Joe Sanford will be on-hand to show how Zeno interacts with humans, and discuss robotics with students in the STEM program.
STEM is available to all Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District (GCISD) students in grades kindergarten through fifth through a limited open enrollment process. Students do not have to live in the Cannon Elementary attendance zone to apply. Funded through a $10,000 grant from the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation, the STEM initiative integrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics into the regular curriculum. Cannon’s program features a unique emphasis on the engineering portion of STEM, incorporating an elementary engineering curriculum that is centered on teaching students about the design process.