Piedmont Governor's School gets robotics grant

August 29, 2008

Henry County Schools and the Harvest Foundation have announced a three-year, $15,000 grant to the Piedmont Governor's School to support students on the FIRST Robotics Team.  The team enables students to be mentored by an engineer while brainstorming, designing, troubleshooting and building a robot.

The Robotics Team was founded in 2003 by Robert Hatchett and Brian Pace, and it is known for its enthusiasm, problem-solving skills and desire to conquer the challenges set before it, according to a news release.  "I am extremely grateful to the Harvest Foundation for its continued support of the Piedmont Governor's School's Robotics Team," said Pace.  "FIRST Robotics provides an excellent opportunity for students to take what they are learning in the classroom and apply it in a real-world setting.  Financial support provided by the Harvest Foundation enables our robotics team to see the fruits of their hard work and dedication."

The mission of FIRST Robotics is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders.  By engaging these students at the Piedmont Governor's School in mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, the program hopes to inspire innovation and foster well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication and leadership, according to a Harvest release.

Recent accomplishments of the team include a top-10 finish in the 2008 VCU/NASA Regional; winning the Imagery Award at the VCU/NASA Regional in 2007 and 2008; and demonstrating a robot to local middle and elementary school students.

"We are delighted with the success of the FIRST Robotics and its participants and look forward to the day when former team members return from college with engineering degrees to live and work in our community," said Angela Logan, program officer for the Harvest Foundation.


Select News Year: