Stephenson robotics team gets grant

STEPHENSON — The Stephenson Eagles Robotics Team, of Stephenson, received a grant from the Philanthropy Fund from the M&M Area Community Foundation. These funds will support the team in their many endeavors including building and competing with a robot designed and built by 8-12th graders in a short six week period. This grant will also allow the team to purchase equipment and supplies that will make the sustainability of the program much easier.

The funds will allow the program to continue once the competition season is over for this year. The Stephenson Robotics team will be able to continue educating members on computer (robot) programming and computer aided design as well sharing our knowledge with the community. Examples of sharing with our community include demonstrations and also by teaching young kids about building their own handheld robot at 4H’s Super Saturday program later this month.

“Upon hearing about the awarding of this grant our team members and other mentors were ecstatic to learn that more people in our community would be hearing about and seeing our team in action. Our team is only in its third year but the team has doubled in size this year, which shows the passion that these kids have for hands on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities outside the classroom.” Nikki Tebo, one of the team’s mentors, said.

The M&M Area Community Foundation awards grants three times a year to local nonprofits, schools, churches and government entities throughout Marinette and Menominee Counties. The Foundation’s mission is to inspire people to provide lasting legacies which enrich our communities.

Stephenson Eagles Robotics Team, Team 6088, will be competing at two FIRST Robotics Competition district events. The first event will be held at Escanaba High School March 16-17 and the second will have the team traveling downstate to Alpena High School April 6-7.