SLA awarded $10,000 STEM grant

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Our students will be able to enjoy more opportunities to learn robotics and other STEM initiatives thanks to a $10,000 grant from Versacare, Inc. This grant will help SLA provide more technology education for our students to learn vital skills for today's workforce.

This year, we began offering robotic programming through our newly formed CPUsaders Club to participate in First Lego League. We purchased one Lego Mindstorm's robot and opened the club to students in grades 5 through 8. With this grant, we are able to buy more robots, challenge kits and other necessary equipment, allow more teams, possibly travel to competitions and to extend the club to students in grades 9 through 12.

The students picture above are inaugral members of the CPUsaders. They've been meeting on Sunday mornings with volunteer coaches Dionne Blackwell and Haniel Olivera, both engineers.

The students are learning programming, robotic design, engineering principles, teamwork and more as they work through hydro dynamic challenges, the theme set by First Lego League. The focus on hydro dynamics is for participants to learn all about water--how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it--while completing robotic missions. 

Thanks to this grant, we're excited to be able to expand this program to more students for next year.