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Arkansas State University awarded two grants

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University was recently the recipient of not one, but two grants. The board of directors of the Kays Foundation announced the approval of a grant for the BEST robotics program and for the Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences Department.

The first, is a $3,000 proposal for the BEST robotics program will provide funding for a teacher workshop on the program. Dr. Edward Hammerand, chair for the Department of Computer Science, says "We'll use this money for a workshop in the summer to show our teachers how to do what we ask our students to do in the fall."

The BEST program has been at ASU for about six years and available to students from any school in Northeast Arkansas that want to participate. Dr. Hammerand says this workshop will allow the robotics program to excel even further. "We're going to make the teachers familiar with what the students are going to be doing in the fall. The students do all the work. That's how the program is designed. It's a robotics competition and the intent is to expose them to opportunities and education. When the teachers sign up their students to do this, they aren't expected to do any of the work. They're supposed to be a supervisor, but of course the students are going to turn to their teacher and ask them a question every once in a while. And by the teachers already having been through it, it will make it that much easier for them. And make the overall program more successful."

The second, a proposal to purchase a Radiologic Positioning Mannequin for use in MRIs. Ray Winters, chair of the Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences at ASU, says this grant is going to help enhance their students education. "These mannequins are made to simulate human tissue, human bone. That process is very expensive so not every program is going to have one. That's why I decided to write a grant to try and get one."

This grant won't pay for everything, though. It is a matching grant of $12,000 that will pay for half the total cost. This mannequin will be used in their new lab containing state of the art x-ray equipment.

"We felt like to be the best that we can be we needed to offer state of the art equipment for our students. This grant is going to allow us to do that."

For more information about either of these programs, you can log onto their website.

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