Story County Robotics Corps Receives Grant from Monsanto Fund
Student robot designers around the county will soon get a boost as they pursue skills in science and engineering. The Monsanto Fund recently awarded a one-time $1,500 grant to The Robot Corps of Story County 4-H to support FIRST Robotics activities and encourage local students who participate in the program.
The Robot Corps will use funds from the Monsanto Fund grant to participate in FIRST Robotics and its educational programs and competitions. FIRST challenges teams of students to design, build and program their own robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors – immersing young students in real-world engineering experiences.
“STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills are essential for today’s young people, who in the near future will be the generation driving innovation and overcoming challenges through big ideas,” said Michelle Insco, Monsanto Fund program officer. “Monsanto Fund is committed to investing in the next generation of scientists and engineers, like those involved with The Robot Corps, through hands-on education programs like FIRST Robotics.”
Monsanto Fund’s sponsorship of FIRST Robotics teams continues the nonprofit’s intentional support of programs that improve STEM education. In 2014, Monsanto Fund provided over $7.6 million in grants for STEM education.