Granby Teacher Wins Grand Prize

Granby Teacher Wins Grand Prize
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Ann Hansen, a teacher in Granby, Missouri, has officially been announced the Grand Prize Winner of the Orkin Start with Science Innovation Challenge.

She will receive an additional $5,000 to fund supplies for her classroom.

Hansen was originally interviewed when she won $5,000 as a semi-finalist in the contest for her “Bugs, Biomimicry and Robots” project.

“The grant needed to include the study of insects and STEM which is science, technology, engineering and math. So I came up with the idea to have the children observe insects and look for features in insects that could be used to make better robots. Like can you make a robot that jumps like a grasshopper? Can you make a robot that with six legs, would it it be more stable than a robot with two legs,” explained Hansen.

Now she will have the opportunity to purchase more supplies and equipment for her students as they study insects and robotics.