Five Beaufort County elementary schools receive robotics grants

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The Beaufort County School District has been awarded a $38,000 grant by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry to implement a robotics initiative at five elementary schools in southern Beaufort County.

Those schools are: Bluffton, Red Cedar, Pritchardville, Okatie and MC Riley Elementary.

Here's more details from an e-mailed release:


The grant award will provide students at these schools with expanded learning opportunities using leading robotics technologies that will better prepare them with the knowledge, skills and personal responsibility necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing global society. Superintendent, Valerie Truesdale said “We are extremely grateful to the Community Foundation for their support in this endeavor. The robotics initiative directly supports the District focus on STEM education and enrichment experiences like these that combine science, technology, engineering and math that are critical for students to be successful in college and careers. We have robotics programs in all five high schools and are grateful for Community Foundation's generosity which allows us to expand the foundational program to more elementary schools.”

The grant will be used to outfit Bluffton, Red Cedar, Pritchardville, Okatie and MC Riley Elementary schools with robotics kits. Sean Alford, Chief Instructional Officer at the District said “With robotics, students are engaged in real problem solving and collaborative learning while learning math, science, and technology concepts at a concrete level.  With the support of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, students will have the opportunity to work with leading educational technologies.”

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