In conjunction with the FIRST Tech Challenge, Holy Family Academy was recently awarded a grant of $1,000 for the robotics program, led by Mr. Benjamin Johnson. A highly sought-after elective, robotics at HFA is currently providing upper-academy students with a way to combine their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in a cohesive format that promotes interactive and enjoyable learning.
The grant is funded from Arconic, and distributed by the FIRST Tech Challenge. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 team members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. The positive impact on FIRST Tech Challenge participants is gratifying and well documented. Over 86% have more interest in doing well in school and 87% are more interested in attending college.
With programs like this, combined with the core classes on humanities, Holy Family Academy strives to provide students with philosophical, technical, and practical knowledge to become complete citizens.