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AUTOMATION FEDERATION ASSISTS IN DEVELOPING THE FIRST HIGH SCHOOL AUTOMATION COURSE IN THE DURHAM

The Automation Federation, in participating in a ground-breaking partnership to increase engineering instruction in America's public schools, announced today that it is providing subject matter expertise in the teaching of new automation classes, beginning in the fall 2012 semester, at Riverside High School in Durham, NC. For the first time, Riverside High School will be offering an automation curriculum, which carries an AP-level weighting. Already, 12 high school students have registered for the fall classes. Plans are underway to unveil an automation course curriculum at other schools within the Durham Public Schools (DPS).The introduction of automation classes at Riverside High School is part of a state-wide educational initiative involving the Automation Federation, North Carolina Project Lead The Way (NC PLTW), Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering and the NC Department of Public Instruction. NC PLTW is a component of a national effort to help elementary, middle and secondary school students develop their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills, and enable them to lead and better compete in a high-tech, high-skill global economy.