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Friday, October 21, 2011

USI receives grant for Girls Only Robotics! project

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USI′s Center for Education Services and Partnerships has received a Women′s Fund of Posey County Grant from the Posey County Community Foundation, a member of the Community Foundation Alliance, to conduct a Girls Only (GO) Robotics! project. The grant, totaling $1,716, will be used to provide instruction on programming, designing, building, and troubleshooting robots.

Sixteen girls in grades six through eight in Posey County will participate in two, one-half day workshops at USI where they will learn about and use LEGO robotic kits. In addition, four pairs of female teachers from Posey County schools will be selected to participate in the workshops and receive robotic kits for classroom use. The workshops will take place in January 2012.

Each year, USI′s student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) hosts a robotics competition. Participating teachers will commit to sponsoring a girls team in the competition and ASME students will support those who participate in the project.

"We have worked closely with many Posey County educators through the College Achievement Program, USI′s dual credit program, and the summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educator workshops offered by USI′s SwISTEM Resource Center," said Ginger Ramsden, director of the Center for Education Services and Partnerships. "This grant award offers girls and teachers an opportunity to apply engineering and technology skills by working with robots, continuing to strengthen STEM education in Posey County."

Founded in 1992, the Posey County Community Foundation is a charitable organization formed to strengthen the community by awarding grants to local nonprofits, by bringing individuals together to address community needs, and by offering personalized charitable gift planning services to local donors. The Foundation is like a bridge, connecting the needs of the community with the convictions of the heart.

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