The Grade III City of Dunedin Pipe Band is basking in the glow of victory these days.
The Grades III and IV bands traveled to Greenville, S.C., to compete in the Greenville Scottish Games, where the Grade III band celebrated a first place.
Sept. 16, the Grade III band packed up the vans and headed back up the East Coast to the 39th Scottish Games in Charleston, S.C., where the band not only won another first place, but took first in every category of their grade.
The City of Dunedin Pipe Band started in 1964 as an outlet for young adults who had taken up piping and drumming while attending Dunedin schools. Members are all volunteers and donate their time and efforts to maintain their status as a first-class band. When competing throughout the United States, Canada, and Great Britain, they act as ambassadors for Dunedin and Florida.
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East Lake High School's Engineering Academy thanks Raytheon for awarding the school a $3,000 STEM grant. The 2010 Raytheon grant funding was awarded for prototyping equipment, the brainchild of East Lake's head of engineering teacher, Patrick Macaraeg.
Tenth-grade students in Macaraeg's computer integrated manufacturing class learning the fundamentals of three-dimensional computer drawing, commonly known as CAD (computer-aided design), will benefit from the three new "Maker-Bot Cupcake CNC" 3D Prototype Printers made available by the grant.
Also making use of the new equipment will be senior students in engineering design and development classes, taught by grant sponsor Hannah Johnson.
Raytheon's grant to purchase this equipment will reach 225 students this school year, and will be used by 100 percent of the 600 students attending East Lake's Engineering Academy before they graduate. Thanks also goes to Career Technical Education Foundation for sustaining the purchase of plastic for these 3D printers.