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RCBI Awards Technology and Training To Tyler Consolidated High School

By Staff | Jun 26, 2019

Evan Nelson, lean agriculture specialist at RCBI, shows off some of the 3D printers being donated to classrooms across West Virginia as part of RCBIás initiative to spur innovation in agriculture. Nelson, along with Deacon Stone will train agricultural educators to use the printers Wednesday at New Martinsville High School in Wetzel County.

In a first-of-its-kind program, the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) will place 3D printers and other technology in more than 30 middle and high schools across West Virginia – including Tyler Consolidated High School in Tyler County – to spur innovation among agricultural educators and students.

Each classroom will receive a 3D printer, Raspberry Pi computer, an Arduino microcontroller kit, and an array of electronic components that can interface with the Raspberry Pi and Arduino.

RCBI will provide teachers with hands-on training in the use the technology and related software, and offer additional online resources.

In addition, RCBI will train teachers how to adapt the technology for agricultural settings.

“By equipping classrooms with this innovative technology and the know-how to use it, we believe agriculture students across the state will apply these technologies to solve problems and create new opportunities in the agricultural sector,” said Bill Woodrum, director of entrepreneurship and coordinator of Agricultural Innovations at RCBI.

The pilot program is an expansion of RCBI’s Agricultural Innovations, an initiative that uses advanced technology to accelerate innovation in West Virginia agriculture. Funding is provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, which recently awarded RCBI an additional $15,000 to help implement this new educational initiative.

Schools will receive the technology packages and teacher training June 19 during a gathering of state agricultural educators at New Martinsville High School in Wetzel County.