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Grand Forks Public Schools Receives Robotics Grants

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                                

November 27, 2018

Grand Forks Public Schools Receives Robotics Grants

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Grand Forks Public Schools has been awarded two grants to expand VEX Robotics clubs to the elementary school level.

The grants were awarded through the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation and will support the creation of two teams each at Discovery Elementary School and ENCORE, an after-school program at Grand Forks Public Schools.

While currently the district has VEX Robotics Clubs at the middle and high school levels, there was a strong desire in starting clubs at the elementary level,” said Eric Ripley, Executive Director of Career and Technical Education. “Through the support of the grant and interest from the advisors, we are excited to provide these opportunities to learn and experience robotics at a younger age.”

VEX Robotics is an innovative robotics design platform that transforms STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning for students and their teachers. Students create and program robots to operate both by remote control and autonomously.

Advisors for the new clubs are Chad Kurtyka (4th grade teacher at Discovery Elementary) and Kayla Erickson (ENCORE coordinator).

The grant was written by Ripley.

The REC Foundation’s mission is to increase student interest and involvement in STEM by engaging students in hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering programs.