Beaufort County receives grant for robotics program

BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC (WTOC) - Five Beaufort County elementary schools will implement a robotics program thanks to a $38,000 grant by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. The money will be used to purchase robotic kits for Bluffton, Red Cedar, Pritchardville, Okatie and MC Riley.

"We are extremely grateful to the Community Foundation for their support in this endeavor," said Superintendent Valerie Truesdale in a news release. "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."

"With robotics, students are engaged in real problem solving and collaborative learning while learning math, science, and technology concepts at a concrete level," said Beaufort County Chief Instructional Officer Sean Alford in a news release. "With the support of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, students will have the opportunity to work with leading educational technologies."

The Beaufort County School District says the robotic kits will expand opportunities to better prepare students will the knowledge, skills and personal responsibility necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing global society.

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