BURGAW, NC  - More than $243,000 has been awarded to Pender County Schools to enhance opportunities for students with an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). The $243,056 was the most awarded to any recipient and is part of $1.6 million in grants for robotics programs approved by the State Board of Education.

"We talk all the time about providing a pathway from the classroom to careers," said Superintendent Dr. Steven Hill. "The amount of money that Pender County Schools has been awarded will continue to fuel programs that provide students a wide-range of opportunities down the road." 

The size of the grants ranges from $24,600 to $316,950, depending on numbers of students and how the program would support students disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

“The fact that we had so many applicants, with the requested interest, demonstrates that this is an area that our [school] systems and our students are very eager to explore and grow,” said Charles Aiken, NCDPI’s section chief for math, science and STEM.

Funds may be used for several purposes including but not limited to purchasing robotics kits and costs associated with supporting a robotics team.

Here is the full release from NCDPI