AT&T contributes $15,000 toward local robotics teams

Tony Walters | Pharos-TribuneAT&T donates $15,000 to the Cass County Community Foundation for area student robotics teams.

AT&T is contributing $15,000 to the Cass County Community Foundation (CCCF) to enable the organization to continue supporting student robotics teams from four area schools, according to a press release.

The robotics programs at Caston, Lewis Cass, Logansport and Pioneer have more students wanting to compete than they have resources, according to the press release. AT&T’s Aspire funding will help address that challenge, as it will be used to purchase additional competition equipment for the high schools’ teams.

“Robotics programs offer real solutions for truancy and delinquency and give students a sense pride and accomplishment,” State Sen. Randy Head said in a statement. “They even help keep kids on track to graduate and introduce them to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers that they may not have explored before. It’s great to see AT&T supporting these efforts.”

“The life skills, problem-solving and teamwork learned in robotics are an undeniable testimony to the value of these programs,” said Cass County Community Foundation President and CEO Deanna Crispen. “As local interest in robotics continues to grow, this AT&T Aspire grant could not come at a better time.”

“We are very excited about the opportunity to help the foundation continue to boost STEM-related efforts in this region,” said AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards. “Our company has a long heritage of not only supporting communities, but also students. Working with the foundation allows us to bring those areas together in a unique and powerful way.”

For the third year at the Cass County 4-H Fair, CCCF has been featuring robotics demonstrations from each school at their booth. CCCF had donation containers for each school’s robotics team set up and will match those donations up to a total of $500 per school.

“We are so proud and excited to continue our support of these young people and the county’s robotics efforts,” Crispen said. “These teams are providing critical training and educational opportunities for students to learn about more than the practical applications. Students learn teambuilding, strategy, communications, programming, and problem solving while building and competing.”

“Last year Cass County had teams qualify and win awards at the state, national and world championships,” Crispen continued. “This success does not happen without community support and dedicated coaches, mentor and volunteers. But, as the success has grown, so has the number of students who wish to participate on robotics teams. We can help provide funding but without more coaches, mentors, and volunteers, the programs cannot grow. For example, last year one of our middle schools had 60 students vying for the 25 spots available on teams. We hope our involvement with the schools at the 4-H Fair will shine the spotlight on these student teams and encourage others to get involved and volunteer.”

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