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Spartanburg robotics program receives $10,000 grant


Staff Report
Published Nov. 30, 2012

Spartanburg Community College recently received a $10,000 grant from the Heritage Classic Foundation to support the Lego Robotics program in Cherokee County.

“We’re grateful to the Heritage Classic Foundation for recognizing the importance of STEM; science, technology, engineering and math programs, by supporting our LEGO Robotics initiative in Cherokee County Schools,” Spartanburg Community College President Henry Giles said in a news release.

Spartanburg Community College’s Lego Robotics Program is based on a national model with the concept that students enjoy learning when they are doing something that is fun.

Using materials and equipment provided by The Lego Group, students from elementary school through college are introduced to STEM concepts and principles. They apply what they are learning by building robots that can function in various ways, and they may also compete in county, state and national robotics competitions.

The grant was made possible by the 2012 RBC Heritage PGA Tour golf tournament and the Verizon Foundation. The Verizon Foundation awarded a three-year, $1.5 million dollar grant to the Heritage Classic Foundation in 2011. A portion of the funding is to be used to increase students’ interest in STEM subjects.

“The Heritage Classic Foundation feels Spartanburg Community College and its Cherokee County Campus deserves this grant because its Lego Program is making students become more interested in math and science,” said Charity Committee Chairman Stan Smith, in a news release, of the more than 180 students enrolled in the college’s program.

This Heritage Classic Foundation grant brings its total charitable funds distributed in 2012 to $1.5 million. Since 1987, close to $23 million has been donated to those in need throughout South Carolina.