Kearns • The cyber corps at Kearns High, a group of students known as iCougars, have helped the school better use technology since a federal grant placed an iPod Touch in the hands of every student. Now, the tech-savvy teens have honed their fund-raising skills to put technology to use for patients at Primary Children's Medical Center.
On Thursday, the iCougars and Salt Lake City-based nonprofit Operation Kids donated a VGo robot to the children's hospital. The Kearns High students raised $3,500 half of the robot's price tag through selling iCougar and "love bytes" T-shirts and wristbands, along with securing a matching donation from a private foundation. Operation Kids pitched in the other $3,500.
Before VGo was sent off to Primary Children's, theKearns High students test drove the robot at school, struggling at times to send commands through the school's overloaded wireless Internet. (After all, Kearns High has 1,700 students with digital devices.) Once connected online, the robot can attend classes remotely for a child in the hospital.