Robotics group bringing education to Terrace Avenue in Hempstead

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A robotics group is teaching kids about technology at Terrace Avenue in Hempstead.

The PEACE Robotics group is lead by 12-year-old La'Cheryl Crump, who says that tinkering with robots has transformed her life.

The group designs, builds and operates robots not at school, but at an apartment building that happens to be one of the most infamous addresses on Long Island.

In fact, Terrace Avenue has become so synonymous with crime and violence that it's earned itself the nickname, “Terror Avenue.”

Robotics coach Anthony Heath knows the reality of Terrace Avenue all too well. He also lives in the building.

“Sometimes [the kids] face not being able to come outside, because parents don't trust the environment,” he says.

But the robotics group is seeking to combat the area’s reputation with PEACE, an acronym that stands for Partnerships in Education to Avoid Criminal Justice System Entry.

It was co-founded in 2011 by Dr. Fayth Vaughn-Shavuo, a longtime teacher who wanted to create an educational oasis.

“We're talking about life-changing experiences that will set the course of a child's trajectory in life,” she says.

Since the program started, its headquarters has been at 100 Terrace Ave.

The group has also formed partnerships with several organizations in the area, including the African-American museum on North Franklin Street.

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