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POLSON – Black Mountain Software, through actions of the company’s Giving Committee, contributed $430 to K. William Harvey Elementary School to purchase a KIBO robot. 

This new coding program introduces four-to-seven-year-olds to how to create, design, and decorate their own KIBO robot. KIBO lets kids’ imaginations soar, all without requiring screen time on PCs, tablets, or smartphones. 

Ronan kindergarten teacher Crystal Cornwell and first-grade teacher Francy Moll are spearheading the Ronan program. Recently, Cornwell and Moll attended a week-long national teacher’s training program at the Pathfinders Institute in Bloomington, Indiana designed specifically to teach children of all ages how to code. 

“You’re probably thinking, ‘coding at this young age, no way,’” Cornwell said. “KIBO robots are easy-to-use, yet contain highly sophisticated, linear coding technology with sensors for distance, light, and sounds. Using wooden blocks and barcodes, students design their code and then scan it into the KIBO robot. KIBO is then placed on a flat surface and a triangle button initiates the coding sequence, and just like that, KIBO comes to life.” 

Cornwell and Moll are striving to purchase eight KIBO robots. “Contributing to this innovative, fun-to-learn coding program aligns quite well with BMS’s core philanthropic mission to invest in the development and advancement of our youth. The KIBO technology, combined with the interactive tools successfully introduces robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum in early childhood learning,” stated Marketing Director and Giving Committee Chairperson David Tyler. 

“Our communities thrive when our youth have access to programs that develop and nurture critical educational building blocks. We are very excited to contribute to this educational experience,” Tyler added. 

With company headquarters in Polson, Montana, and operating with approximately 50 employees, Black Mountain Software has nearly 600 local government clients and upholds a reputation for exceptional products and services. The company has developed and supports more than 30 software products that feature reliable and complete integration, which has set a new standard for seamless automation. 

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