Buncombe County Schools will soon expand our robotics offerings to include elementary school students thanks to a $37,000 grant from the State Board of Education. Across the state, 18 school districts and one charter school will share $1.6 million dollars in grants to support after-school programs aimed at developing student interest and proficiency in science and math through competitive robotics.
“BCS will be using this funding for elementary robotics after school clubs,” said Carla Billups, BCS STEM Coordinator. “We will have the winning team from each school go to a regional competition in the spring. I was surprised to hear how competitive this grant was across the state and feel very fortunate that we'll be able to start some robotics in our elementary schools.”
The after school clubs will be facilitated through STEM labs at select schools.
“This is so exciting,” said Interim Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Reed. “It is an honor to have been chosen for this grant. I can't wait to see what innovative things our students learn and do in these programs!”