Google gives grant to Adair robotics team


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Updated: 12/12/2013 4:39 pm Published: 12/12/2013 4:35 pm


Google awarded Adair Public Schools a $13,375 grant to help fund the school’s growing robotics program.

The grant, part of Google’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiative, came through the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of the Tides Foundation and helped the district update its existing equipment.

“We are very appreciative of Google’s contribution to our school district,” said Andrea Hudson, Adair Schools FIRST Robotics team leader, said. “Google’s dedicated focus on promoting education—especially in STEM—will enable our students to continue to benefit from the robotics program, which gives students the opportunity to use their classroom learning to design, build and program a robot to meet specific objectives. Google is giving us more than a grant; they’re giving our students an opportunity to expand their creativity and their minds. For their dedication to our schools, students and the community, we are extremely grateful.”

Adair Public Schools’ robotics program began in 2009 when a group of students wanted to be challenged in a fun and exciting way. Through this program, students are inspired to pursue careers in the STEM fields and the program has a high success rate of graduating students who continue in the STEM fields. In its first year, the program consisted of 10 students and has increased to a team of 31. With the grant, students are able to compete in two regional competitions and also receive useful learning tools such as LEGO Mindstorm Kits and laptops.

“We are proud to have such an inventive and forward-thinking school district in Oklahoma,” said Mike Wooten, operations manager for the Google data center in Pryor. “A robotics program can help schools make technology fun and interesting for their students. At Google, we strive to find creative ways to be innovative. We hope to give the students of Adair Public Schools the same opportunity.”

Google’s community grant program supports organizations and initiatives that focus on the issues of technology literacy and innovation, renewable energy innovation, access to high-speed Internet and new economy entrepreneurship. Since 2010, Google has awarded more than $603,000 to Oklahoma nonprofits and schools. To learn more about Google’s community grant program, visit www.google.com/mayescounty.


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