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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 18:26

Computer science, robotics and a restaurant could be coming to CG-Belgium High School

Details are yet to be worked out, but Cedar Grove-Belgium High School will likely add Advanced Placement Computer Science to its curriculum with more college-prep courses on the horizon.
High School Principal Josh Ketterhagen told the School Board this month he met with staff members to brainstorm ideas on what kind of electives could be offered.
Technical education is one of the most popular areas to expand, he said.
“We need to figure out how to incorporate robotics somehow,” Ketterhagen said, noting he told staff to consider adding it as a class instead of a club.
A fabrication class is possible, and Ketterhagen said tech ed teacher Elliot Friedel “would love to make” a tiny house that would entail installing electricity and plumbing.
Ketterhagen said he looked at getting a computer numerical controlled machine and a robotic arm like Kohler High School has. A matching Fabrication Laboratories Grant for as much as $25,000 could be available to help purchase the items.
“We have lots of ideas,” Ketterhagen said.
Other ideas include a media video production class and a restaurant class.
“There’s a lot out there,” Ketterhagen said, adding a small district like Cedar Grove-Belgium is limited in its ability to expand its offerings.
School Board members were optimistic about the possibilities.
“It’s exciting,” School Board member Kurt Kraus said.
“I’m looking forward to my steak at the restaurant,” board President Chad Hoopman said.
The staff, Ketterhagen said, is scheduled to continue discussions after Thanksgiving and in December.

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