|Updated: 6/22/2012 9:29 am
||Published: 6/21/2012 7:46 pm
Locust Grove Public Schools has been awarded a grant from Google, Inc. to expand their robotics program.
Google, whose data center is located in Mayes County, funded the $18,000 grant to enable the school system to add middle and elementary schools robotics programs to their current high school program.
The robotics program had struggled to provide adequate funds for the program prior to receiving the grant money.
School administrators said they shifted things around in the budget in order to make things work and provide another educational option for students. "Five or six thousand dollars was really all we had for this year," said Locust Grove School Superintendent David Cash.
Students told FOX23 they used what was available to them in order to compete. Students said they often felt like the 'underdogs' at competitions where other schools had larger budgets. "You're thinking, how are we going to compete against this," said Locust Grove robotics team member Nickolas Cantrell.
The Locust Grove High School FIRST Tech Challenge Team received the Judges Award at the FTC State Championship in Weatherford, Oklahoma because of their perserverance and hard work.
Members of the robotics team said they never got discouraged after competitions but were motivated to work harder.
The grant is part of Google's STEM (science, technologyy, engineering and math) program.