GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Grand Forks Public Schools has been awarded $32,000 in Grant for Innovation Awards from the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education.
The purpose of the grants is to provide new, innovative science, technology, engineering, or innovation programs for students, with preference given to projects involving robotics competition.
Each elementary school can receive up to $2,000 for VEX Robotics clubs. Middle schools will each receive $1,500 for VEX IQ Teams, and Grand Forks Central and Red River high schools will receive $2,500 for VEX EDR Teams.
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.
In VEX Competitions, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to compete against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. The VEX Robotics projects encourage teamwork, leadership, and problem solving among groups. VEX Robotics Competitions are the largest and fastest-growing robotics competitions in the world.
The grants were written by Eric Ripley, executive director of career and technical education.