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Give the gift of hands-on learning

Jim Szautner aims to gift 100 age-appropriate robots to children of SAIT students in need of a little extra support this holiday season.

For some SAIT students with young children, the holidays can be a scramble of final exams, elementary school recitals and struggling to find the time and resources to buy the items on their kids' wish lists.

Jim Szautner, Associate Dean of the School of Manufacturing and Automation wants to help. His Adopt-a-bot initiative aims to gift 100 age-appropriate robots to children of SAIT students in need of a little extra support this holiday season. The Adopt-a-bot drive will go from Nov. 22 to Dec. 6.

"I wanted to make sure this project embodies what we do here," says Szautner. "Adopt-a-bot is about giving back to our community, while encouraging our students' kids to innovate, collaborate and learn in an action-based way - just like their parents do when they come to SAIT."

Robots to the rescue

If you've ever watched a kid open their presents, you've probably seen their eyes twinkle with excitement at what might be inside the festive paper.

Adopt-a-bot gives SAIT students and their children the opportunity to open a gift that will not only encourage action-based learning, but can become a family activity as kids and parents build the robots together.

The range of robots available to purchase are fun, innovative and exciting gifts, all within a reasonable price range of $25 dollars and under. The goal of 100 robots was made to honour SAIT's centennial year.

Gifting made easy

If you're interested in supporting Adopt-a-bot, you can purchase a bot from the list of recommended robots online or instore. If you don't have time to go shopping, cash donations are also accepted and will go towards purchasing bots. There are a few options for gift/cash donation delivery:

  • Directly ship bots from online purchases to the School of Manufacturing and Automation reception in the Thomas Riley building (T470), 1301 16 Ave. NW.
  • Drop off bots or cash donations at the School of Manufacturing and Automation reception in the Thomas Riley building (T470), 1301 16 Ave. NW.
  • The SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA) will collect the names of students with children who may benefit from the project. SAIT staff volunteers will wrap the robots and members of SAITSA will give them out on Monday, Dec. 12.

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