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You won’t believe the lengths these Quad City students will go to teach science and math

A one-on-one connection between some Davenport students and a foreign exchange student from Ghana has created quite a bond. Three years ago, the robotics team a...

A one-on-one connection between some Davenport students and a foreign exchange student from Ghana has created quite a bond.

Three years ago, the robotics team at Davenport West High School had a foreign exchange student from Africa who wanted to bring science back to her home country. The team here in Iowa stepped up and proposed a plan that could help make that happen. Since then, more than a dozen robotics kits have been sent to students in Kenya. But the group hopes to take the idea further with a special visit to Africa!

This summer, students and teachers from Davenport West will travel to Kenya for two weeks to share robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education throughout the country. Because the students here in Davenport believe so much in the value of education, there's a hope that knowledge will be able to be applied to problems in that country.

In order to make that happen, a trivia event will take place at the American Legion on West 35th Street in Davenport on Friday evening, April 1, 2016 in order to raise some money for the trip. The doors will open at 6 p.m. with the event starting at 7 p.m. There will be actual robots that people can pay to drive! In addition, there will be a bake sale and silent auction. Participants in the trivia are welcome to bring their own food and a bar with drinks will be available. WQAD News 8's Jonathan Ketz and Eric Sorensen will be volunteering for the event.

But there's even a special incentive for those who sign up in the next few days! The first 13 people to reserve tables between now and Thursday will receive a free $25 gift card to the Blue Grass Drive-In! The organizer of the event, Kailey Fellner of team Combustible Lemons is taking e-mail reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This Summer, students and teachers from Davenport West will travel to Kenya for two weeks to share robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education) throughout their country. Because the students here believe so much in the value of STEM, there's the hope that the knowledge will be able to be applied to problems in their own country. There will be nine people in the team headed to Kenya, 7 students and 2 adults. The group has raised $15,000 so far, but needs to raise another $10,000. Hopefully with this Friday's trivia event and your help, they will reach their goal.


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