$25,000 grant funds competitive robotics at BVES
For the second year in a row, Chevron Oronite’s Oak Point facility in Plaquemines Parish has offered a $25,000 grant to fund a competitive robotics program at a parish elementary school.
Boothville-Venice Elementary School will order the robotics kits and curricula in April to expand its four-yearold Robotics Club to a full-fledged competition team next school year. BVES’ as-yet-unnamed team will join the Diamond Bots of South Plaquemines Elementary School, last year’s recipients, in establishing an extracurricular program that will send students to state and, potentially, national competitions to test their mechatronic creations against other schools. The Diamond Bots competed in the Lego League in Lafayette in December and will head to Houma this weekend for another competition.
“They were so excited,” said SPES Principal Stacey-Ann Barrett of her team’s first taste of competition. “They didn’t place, but getting the exposure and the experience let them know what it was all about, so now they’re really pumped up for Houma.”
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