Xavier wins D-backs School Challenge Grant for robotics program

From left is Erin Alaimo, Sister Joan Fitzgerald, BVM, and Nathan Ward. (submitted photo)

From left is Erin Alaimo, Sister Joan Fitzgerald, BVM, and Nathan Ward. (submitted photo)

Xavier College Preparatory was honored by the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and the University of Phoenix on Tuesday, April 5 with a D-backs School Challenge Grant award for the school’s making and robotics program.

Xavier’s longtime principal Sister Joan Fitzgerald, BVM, making and robotics instructor Nathan Ward, and marketing director Erin Alaimo accepted the award on Xavier’s behalf during the pregame show at Chase Field, and a large Xavier contingency helped cheer the D-backs to an exciting come-from-behind victory over the Colorado Rockies, according to a press release.

An innovative component of Xavier’s approach to science, technology, engineering, art, and math learning, the school’s making and robotics program merges the intellectual with the experiential for its 1,200 young women in the ninth through 12th grades.

“Through the graciousness of the D-backs grant we will be able to give young women hands-on experience using tools that marry high-tech equipment with their creative ideas to explore areas that will help them achieve at the next level,” stated Mr. Ward in the release.

The grant funds will be used to purchase a full-spectrum laser cutter, CAD software, and soldering equipment.

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