Cedar Park - Leander Edition | March 2020

CEDAR PARK LEANDER EDITION

VOLUME 13, ISSUE 12  MARCH 16APRIL 19, 2020

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STARTING INAUGUST

IMPACTS

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COST AND BENEFITS HOWMUCHWILL FULLDAY PREK COST?

• program will expand from 6 to 13 schools • district plans to hire an additional 38 instructors and 52.5 instructional aides • enrollment in the pre-K program is expected to grow from 405 to 775 students

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Sarah Rivera’s pre-K class at Block House Creek Elementary is pictured. (Brian Perdue/ Community Impact Newspaper)

SOURCE: LEANDER ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER CURRENT 2020-21 2021-22

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DINING FEATURE

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CEDAR PARK WHY

Ten years ago, small robotics teams met in parents’ garages to build robots from kits they received in the mail, according to local educators. Five years from now, similar teams may be able to take a robot they designed and built for a test drive—or ight—in a rst-of-its-kind robotics space. Gensler Austin, an international architectural and design rm, and Elijah May, the co-founder and CEO of robotics advocacy nonprot Robotters, released early design plans Feb. 13 tobuilda“Topgolf-style” robotics arena inCedarPark. “While still in the early planning stages, the Cedar Park- based arena will be the rst of its kind in the nation,” Gens- ler spokesperson Anuradha Koli said. Local proponents say a robotics space, particularly for children, has been needed for nearly a decade. Gensler Austin project architect Thomas Boes said the CONTINUED ON 42 Groupproposes robotics arena inCedarParkarea BY BRIAN PERDUE

A rendering of the proposed robotics arena. (Courtesy Gensler Austin)

Proponents of a proposed robotics arena want it built in Cedar Park. Here are some reasons why:

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residents with bachelor’s degree or higher

46.43%

2.34% $109,025

average household income

unemployment rate

HOME TO HIGHTECH EMPLOYERS such as Firey Aerospace, Voltabox Proximity to Austin

Local shortage of building, testing and storage sites

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SOURCES: CITY OF CEDAR PARK , GENSLER AUSTIN, ROBOTTERS COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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