One of Berkeley County’s STEAM schools, Bowen’s Corner Elementary School, received a $25,000 grant from Google to fund its robotics program to help students learn needed technological skills to prepare them for careers in the future workforce.
The robotics program teaches students the design, construction, operation and use of robots, as well as coding for control, sensory feedback and information processing. Through the use of robotics, students are able to hone in on their creative thinking skills and engage in a hands-on learning activity.
“We are so excited to be able to provide our students with even more opportunities to learn through the use of coding and robotics,” said Aimee Fulmer, Principal of Bowen’s Corner Elementary School. “Students learn so many useful skills by learning robotics such as innovation, problem-solving and the ability to work collaboratively.”
Chromebooks previously provided by Google for the mobile-device take home initiative allows the school to have a 1:1 Chromebook to student ratio in its first grade through fifth grade classrooms. The Chromebooks are being used to apply the coding aspect for the robotics projects. STEAM schools focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math programs to foster students’ curiosity and learning.
The grant provided by Google will help fund instructional materials to increase the school’s robotics programs such as Wonder League, LEGO and Makey Makey. These programs are extremely beneficial to help children apply what they have learned in school to their everyday life.
“At Google, we strive to be good neighbors and to be contributing members of the community,” said Lilyn Hester, head of Google southeast public affairs. “We love being able to call Berkeley County home and being able to donate a grant that will impact nearly 800 students is such an honor.”
Bowen’s Corner Elementary School has a diverse student population, with over 100 English Language Learners. Students are able to work together on projects in the school’s robotics club and make memories that will last a lifetime.