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John Burroughs School 4211 robotics team
John Burroughs 4211 robotics team with their Sharpie Bot 2.0. Image courtesy John Burroughs School

Burroughs Robotics Team Qualifies for World Competition
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, April 16, 2017 - The John Burroughs School 4211 robotics team advances as the only St. Louis team to qualify for the FIRST* Tech Challenge World Championships. It will compete in a field of 128 teams from 10 countries at Union Station in St. Louis from April 26 to 29. This will be the fourth time that Burroughs has sent a team to the World Championhips in five years.

More than 4,600 teams competed worldwide this year in the robot competition, VELOCITY VORTEX. Working with their mentors, students designed, built, documented and programmed a CAD-designed and laser-cut aluminum robot that uses sprockets, gears, motors, sensors and servos. The competing teams use WiFi-controlled phones to move their robots on a 12-by-12-foot playing field, directing their robots to accomplish specified tasks in a test of precision and speed. As in all FIRST competitions, the winning teams' robots were those judged most capable of fulfilling tasks by virtue of their design, construction and programming.

To earn its place at Worlds, the Burroughs team competed throughout the state and region, most recently at the North Super-Regional Championship in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where its robot, Sharpie Bot 2.0, won the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award. Earlier this season, the team earned a variety of awards competing at two Missouri qualifying tournaments and at the Missouri State Championship held at Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla.

Family Fun at the Budweiser Clydesdales Breeding Facility
BOONEVILLE, MO, (, March 26, 2017 - Warm Springs Ranch has opened its gates to guests from around the world for the ninth season.

With more than 70 Budweiser Clydesdales and foals roaming the pastures, guests who visit Warm Springs Ranch have the opportunity to experience the iconic and world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales up close and personal.

The 300-acre breeding facility is located in the heart of Missouri in Boonville. While taking part in one of the daily tours, guests can enjoy seeing the vast countryside where the Budweiser Clydesdales spend their time, along with the 25,000-square-foot breeding barn, veterinary lab and pastures with customized, walk-in shelters.

During the tours, guests learn about the history of the Budweiser Clydesdales and the meticulous care and attention that goes into raising them. Dedicated staff is on-site around the clock to ensure the highest quality of care for each horse and that all new baby Clydesdales born at the Ranch are welcomed into the world in comfort and safety.

New this season, visitors will have the unique opportunity to get an out-of-this-world experience that hasn't occurred for nearly 100 years. On August 21, the solar eclipse will take place across the United States. and Boonville is located directly within the path for optimal viewing.

To bring the best experience possible to the thousands anticipated to visit the area, Warm Springs Ranch will host a viewing event, complete with eclipse glasses, parking, two 10-ounce samples of Budweiser, food vendors and more. Tickets can be purchased online starting March 10 at and will cost $50 for those age 19 and older, $25 for ages 6-18 and children under age 5 are free.

"We're thrilled to welcome visitors for our ninth season and we're especially looking forward to offering a special viewing experience of the solar eclipse," said John Soto, Supervisor of Warm Spring Ranch. "What a unique way to watch the solar eclipse in beautiful Boonville, right alongside the Budweiser Clydesdales."

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The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) is pairing Saint Louis area police officers with local inner city students to teach them the game of chess. © file photo
Chess Club Launches Saint Louis CHESS Cops Program
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, February 26, 2017 - Three prominent St. Louis organizations are bringing together three chess enthusiasts to benefit the city's youth.

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL), Saint Louis Public Schools and Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department have partnered to launch Saint Louis CHESS Cops, or "Cops Helping Enhance Student Skills." The program pairs Saint Louis area police officers with local inner city students to teach them the game of chess.

"Saint Louis CHESS Cops is a program that truly exhibits the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis's positive involvement in the community and current affairs," said Tony Rich, CCSCSL Executive Director. "It is a prime example of how chess can teach fundamental lessons, build constructive relationships, and ultimately make a difference in the lives of young people."

The Saint Louis CHESS Cops program is currently comprised of eight local police officers who have gone through a certification process to become accredited chess instructors. Once certified, the police officers teach fundamental chess elements and the educational values that can be learned through chess. The curriculum they will teach incorporates lessons on critical thinking, planning and logic. The program is also designed to foster positive relationships between the police department and the local community.

"Our officers are so excited to be a part of this program," said Lt. Perri Johnson of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. "It is critical for law enforcement to establish positive relationships with members of the St. Louis community early on, and this program helps us do just that."

St. Louis CHESS Cops is one of many scholastic programs implemented by the CCSCSL to promote positive relationships and provide beneficial instruction to St. Louis Public School students.

"We are very pleased to see organizations like the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis working to promote programs that actively involve our city's youth," said Anthony Ruby Network Superintendent St. Louis Public Schools. "Chess gives our students a constructive outlet. Now, when our students see a police officer, we hope they will see a mentor."

Monsanto Fund Supports STEM Education for Girls
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, February 10, 2017 - Marian Middle School is preparing its all-girl student body for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through an innovative educational model that focuses heavily on STEM learning at the middle school level and connections to internship and job opportunities after they graduate.

Since 2012, the Monsanto Fund has supported Marian Middle School's STEM program. In a release, Michelle Insco, Monsanto Fund program officer said, "Today's students will be key to addressing global challenges like climate change and discovering ways to feed more people using fewer resources. Over the last five years, Marian Middle School has put in place diverse, engaging curriculum that not only prepares students for more advanced coursework in STEM, but also helps students see themselves as tomorrow's leaders."

Marian Middle School's STEM program has grown from a stand-alone class in 2011 to an interdisciplinary way of thinking, teaching, and learning. In addition to core math and science classes, students at Marian Middle School take STEM lab, robotics, culinary arts, and media. All classes are designed to reflect an increased focus on STEM and to prepare students for further discovery in high school and college. The program also includes Quest, a weekly workshop that encourages hands-on STEM learning and allows students to identify and solve real-world problems.

"Girls are underrepresented in STEM fields," said Sister Sarah Heger, CSJ, principal. "Because STEM-related careers will only continue to grow, it is vital to prepare more students for those jobs. Our school partners with generous supporters like the Monsanto Fund to prepare our girls to be workforce ready critical thinkers and creative problem solvers with the skills to be highly employable in STEM-related careers. Monsanto Fund's support moves our students one step closer to their dreams of being architects, pediatricians, photographers, entrepreneurs, construction workers, veterinarians, physical therapists, college professors, and much, much more."

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