BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB AWARDS NBEF $37,500 COMMUNITY GRANT FOR ROBOTICS PROGRAM

 

Robotics Program

Robotics Program

Bristol-Myers Squibb recently awarded NBEF a $37,500 community grant toward a comprehensive robotics program for New Brunswick Public School students entitled, “Advancing STEM Related Fields through Robotics.” The grant will be used to expand an existing robotics initiative (in effect since 2011) that has exposed New Brunswick Middle School students to various aspects of math, science and technology. The project has provided 6th through 8th graders with hands-on and inquiry-based learning experiences that entails designing, building and programming robotics.

 

NBEF will implement the grant over a two-year span, from July 2013 through June 2015, engaging Elementary, Middle, and High School students in afterschool programs, summer enrichment projects, robotics competitions, and experiential learning experiences (one of which will partner Middle School students with the New Brunswick Senior Citizen Resource Center to develop robots that will help the elderly community with basic challenges in their daily living activities).

 

Given our nation’s emphasis on bridging the technological divide in urban school districts, the aim of NBEF’s Robotics Program is to inspire New Brunswick Public School students to better connect with math, science and technology related disciplines as well ignite their aspirations to pursue careers as scientists, inventors, engineers and even STEM related educators.