Public Service Company of Oklahoma (announced more than $35,000 in robotics grants to 16 school groups throughout the state. The grants range from $250 to $3,200.
The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics grants program is a nationwide initiative that supports pre-kindergarten through grade 12 student
education with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
This multinational robotics competition teams professionals and students to solve an engineering problem in a challenging and competitive way. FIRST competitions are high-tech spectator sporting events demonstrating participants’ success in brainstorming, teamwork and meeting deadlines.
PSO’s parent company, American Electric Power, funds FIRST grants on behalf of its operating companies. Grants in 2023 totaled $200,000 across AEP’s 11-state service area.
“Students on robotics teams learn important STEM concepts and problem-solving skills. The hands-on experiences teach them to look at a challenging problem and solve it as a group under deadline pressure,” said Tiffini Jackson, PSO vice president, external affairs.
“Those abilities will serve the students well as they pursue their educational and career goals.”
Robotics grant recipients for 2023 include:
• Adair High School
• Adair Middle School
• Anadarko High School
• Booker T. Washington High School (Tulsa Public Schools)
• Broken Arrow High School
• Caddo Kiowa Technology Center (Fort Cobb)
• Chickasha Public Schools
• Grove Public Schools (First Robotics Competition team)
• Grove Public Schools (First Tech Challenge team)
• Jenks High School
• McAlester High School
• Riverfield County Day School (Tulsa)
• Tri County Technology Center (Bartlesville)
• Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences
• Union Public Schools (First Robotics Competition team)
• Union Public Schools (First LEGO League Challenge team)