Umatilla students get professional help

Umatilla students get professional help »Play Video
UMATILLA, Oreg. - Umatilla middle schoolers are taking networking to a new level. One class is using Intel employees to help with their homework.

Kids at Clara Brownell are in the "Intel Buddies" program. This allows students in robotics classes to troubleshoot with Intel. A two-million dollar STEM grant covers the cost. The goal is to talk and network with paid professionals in the same field they are studying.

"I don't think I would learn as much as I am now, without the Intel employees because they have given us a lot of advice and some pretty good ideas on how to improve our competition," said Zaq Funderburk.

The Umatilla School District hopes to expand the program to other grades next year.