Two Saint Catherine School graduates, Grace Gallego and Zachary Meagor, class of 2019, loved the school’s robotics program. They also helped with school service projects every year to support the Awaso School in Ghana, which was founded by Father Paul Mensah who served at Saint Catherine Parish for three years. Both Gallego and Meagor were going on a parish mission trip to Ghana during the summer and they had a big idea – to take robotics kits to the Awaso School and train students and teachers how to use them.
Gallego and Meagor, along with the school’s Educational Technologist, Antonio Silva, put together a plan. They reached out to other robotics programs in the Bay Area and gathered equipment that was no longer being used. They also raised some funds to purchase additional robotics kits. They acquired six super kits, a full competition field and a variety of field elements. Additionally, they presented their plan to the Morgan Hill chapter of Rotary Club asking for funds to ship the equipment to Ghana. As things came together, they packed up the materials and sent them to the Awaso School.
Upon their arrival in Ghana, Gallego and Meagor unpacked the equipment before many anxious eyes. Gallego and Meagor held teacher training/mentoring sessions and presented five full length workshops to students in grades 3-8. Before they returned home from their ten day mission trip, both students saw many smiles on the faces of the children of Awaso. Grace Gallego is now a freshman at Presentation High School in San José and Zachary Meagor is a freshman at Ann Sobrato High School in Morgan Hill.