A $1,000 grant was recently awarded to the robotics teams at Augusta Independent School. The grant, awarded and sponsored by Procter and Gamble’s Center of Robotics Excellence (CoRE), provides funding for equipment and organization fees. One of CoRE’s goals is to elevate all levels of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) via robotics. Teams in the Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana tri-state area were eligible to apply.
Augusta, which started a robotics program six years ago, has two teams. Both are part of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization. The middle school team competes as part of FLL (FIRST LEGO League) and is coached by math teacher Katlynn Prindle. They compete in the northern Kentucky division of FLL. The high school team competes as part of FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) and is coached by science teacher Chris Mason. They will be competing in the FTC state tournament on March 7 in Lexington, KY.