Posted: February 27, 2014

CCU partners with Grand Strand Technology Council for Robotics and STEM Education and Support Fund

Coastal Carolina University has entered into a formal agreement with the Grand Strand Technology Council to sponsor robotics and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs in Horry and Georgetown counties. Programs include after school projects, summer camps, competitions and other activities that give K-12 students meaningful learning experiences in math and science.

Contributions to the Robotics and STEM Education and Support Fund through the Coastal Educational Foundation (CEF), the 501(c)3 organization that manages CCU’s financial assets and resources, will help provide financial support for these activities. Businesses, individuals and foundations may make tax-deductible donations to the CEF that will help pay for equipment, travel, computer programs and student needs.

“We believe the Robotics and STEM Education and Support Fund will help develop more STEM-educated individuals who could become the next generation of students at Coastal Carolina University,” says Michael Roberts, dean of CCU’s College of Science.

Robotics is a major STEM educational activity. CCU and other learning institutions in the region sponsor robotics camps for elementary and middle school students. Using LEGOs, students design, build and program autonomous robots that perform specific functions. In the process, students learn about electronics, engineering and mathematics as well as project management and teamwork.

The Grand Strand Technology Council is sponsoring the first Robotics Palmetto Regional Competition Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Contributions to the Robotics and STEM Education and Support Fund can be made payable to the Coastal Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 261954, Conway SC 29528-6054. Designate to “Robotics and STEM Education and Support Fund.” Visit the website at coastal.edu/cef.

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