Boeing Grants Over $11,900 To Mustang Robotics Programs
(Mustang, Oklahoma – October 4, 2019) – For years educators have wrestled with the concept that they are preparing the next generation of workers for a world that doesn’t currently exist. For example, when the Class of 2020 entered Kindergarten there was no iPhone, Sony & AmericaOnline has just partnered to bring the first online content to PlayStation 2 gaming consoles, and Facebook was still three years from being founded. With the fast pace of today’s ever-changing world, one key skill that schools must focus upon is problem solving, and Mustang Public Schools uses their Robotics Programs as one avenue to teach this invaluable skill.
“Mustang currently has over 50 robotics teams spread throughout the District,” according to MPS Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Coordinator, Angie Choate. “Many, if not most, of these teams participate in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League (FLL) Challenge.” Every year, FIRST LEGO League releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Innovation Project, and the Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with at least two adult coaches, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FIRST Core Values. “Our FLL teams do the robot building while our thirty FLL Junior teams work to build robotic systems to meet the criteria and solve the real world problem,” explained Choate.
Each team must pay to enter a qualifying local contest, and The Boeing Company has generously provided grant funding to just over 50 Mustang teams totaling $11,925 for these fees and for Robotics Kits. In addition, Gene Ilichev was instrumental in serving as a Boeing mentor and securing the grant money for MPS. (Pictured is Gene with the Canyon Ridge Intermediate School FLL Team). “We are excited and thankful to Boeing for providing this funding,” Choate said. “Because of their generosity, our students can focus on problem-solving instead of fundraising. We are equally grateful to Gene for his help and mentorship of our budding programs.”
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The Mustang Public School District covers 69 square miles in Oklahoma and Canadian counties with the City of Mustang at its center. The district is the largest employer in Canadian County, with more than 1,000 certified and support employees. Voted one of Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces for the past two years, the school district offers a comprehensive compensation package for full-time employees, in addition to a satisfying working environment. There are eight elementary schools (grades PreK-4), three intermediate centers (grades 5-6), three middle schools (grades 7-8), one high school (grades 9-12), and an educational center which houses pre-kindergarten and alternative education.
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