NORCROSS, GA—July 21, 2016– Meadowcreek High School Cluster Robotics & Computational Thinking Program in Gwinnett has been named a winner of the 2016 FIRST STEM Equity Community Innovation Grants. The grants, made available to increase access to FIRST programs for underrepresented and underserved students, will help more communities develop new and innovative approaches to address equity, inclusion and diversity inequalities in STEM (science, technology, education, and math) fields.
The Meadowcreek Cluster will expand its robotics education and computational thinking training in elementary and middle schools while providing high school students the opportunity to mentor younger peers.
FIRST launched the STEM Equity Community Innovation Grants this year to ensure more of the targeted students and communities are exposed to creative problem-solving and hands-on learning opportunities. Applications were evaluated based on their alignment with FIRST in its goal of increasing diversity; demographics affected; community need; execution strength; track record of serving targeted students; and the value of proposed activities. Grants ranged from $5,000 to $50,000 with an average of $35,000.
See the full list of winners here