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EKSC awarded grant for Racing Robotics Camp by KY Girls STEM Collaborative


Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium (EKSC) was recently awarded $1,000 through the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative (KGSC) Mini-Grant Program to help bring Racing Robotics Summer Camp to the EKSC.

“We are very excited to receive this grant for the fourth year in a row, not only as a means to purchase necessary equipment to build our education programs, but also to engage in a collaborative partnership with the KGSC and its constituents to promote learning in STEM/STEAM subjects.”  In an effort to promote community involvement, this year’s ‘Racing Robotics’ collaborative partners will also include The Challenger Learning Center, the Mountain Arts Center, and BSCTC’s EPIC program,” said Susan Scott, Instructional Specialist at the EKSC.

The grant, will be administered by the University of Kentucky (UKY) on behalf of the KGSC and will allow the EKSC to host a one-day summer camp using the equipment purchased.  They will also be able to extend outreach programs to schools in surrounding counties. 

Each year the EKSC submits an application to the Kentucky Girls Stem Collaborative Project requesting a mini-grant in the amount of $1,000. This award goes toward the purchase of equipment and materials used to develop programs intended to engage girls in STEM/STEAM subjects at an early age.  This year our mini-grant award is intended to go toward the purchase of technology equipment that will be used during our 2018 summer camp entitled “Racing Robotics” which will include a variety of robotic ‘gadgets’ with Bluetooth control capabilities, among others. 

Racing Robots will join littleBits, acquired from the same grant last year as well as BeeBots, Cubelets and Snap Circuits already available at the EKSC.

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Pauletta Burke at (606) 886-7398 or email pburke0014@kctcs.edu.  

(provided by BSCTC)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."