Kellogg Community College’s Lifelong Learning Department has been awarded a $3,424 grant from the United Educational Credit Union’s Bright Ideas Partnership Program to purchase additional robotics materials and supplies for the college’s growing Bruin Bots robotics program for youth.
Scott White, business development manager for the Battle Creek based credit union, presented a check for the grant amount to Bruin Bots organizers and participants at KCC’s Regional Manufacturing Technology Center on Feb. 14.
“This is exactly the epitome of what a bright idea is,” White said of the Bruin Bots program. “We know that we’ve partnered with something that’s significant, and we’re delighted to be able to assist.”
KCC Youth Robotics Coordinator Kim Andrews-Bingham said the additional materials funded by the grant will allow for further expansion of Bruin Bots programming, which includes future activities like spring and summer camps and classes for youths, the continuation of the Bruin Bots team robotics competition in the fall, and adult classes held to build capacity within the greater community to offer even more robotics programming through other area schools and organizations.
“We’re very grateful to have United Educational Credit Union as a partner in expanding youth robotics in our community,” Andrews-Bingham said. “We know this hands-on programming is getting youth excited not about only learning, but also about possible future careers. We want to build on that excitement to help develop Battle Creek’s scientists and engineers of tomorrow.”
For more information about robotics programs at Kellogg Community College, call 269-965-4134 or visit www.kellogg.edu/lifelong.
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