Library System awarded grant from Best Buy for teen robotics program
Martin County Library System (MCLS) announces it has received a Best Buy Children's Foundation Community Grant to bring a teen robotics program to Palm City. The $3,200 grant will provide teens with opportunities to develop technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices.
Events surrounding the program will be held in the idea lab of the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave., Palm City, from January through August 2014.
"This program will give every teen, regardless of socio-economic background, a chance to access and interact with computer programming and robotics technology that is currently not available locally," said MCLS digital literacy specialist Justin de la Cruz. "This will provide a substantial advantage to Martin County teens in their preparation for a 21st century career."
The events surrounding the program ? robotics expo, programming camp and inventor's showcase, to name a few ? will teach local teens about computer hardware and software components, basic computer programming, and basic robotics assembly and execution. Teens will also benefit from staff support, invited presenters' expertise, and local organizations' involvement. Having access to robotics and programming tools will diversify their education, supplement their schoolwork and give them the opportunity to learn new skills through hands-on experience.
"I'm very excited to receive this grant and extend the offerings of the idea lab. This grant will give the community an opportunity to learn more about how machines work, how to assemble computer parts, and how to program computers to perform specific tasks," said de la Cruz. "Skills like computer programming are in high demand and this grant will present a unique learning opportunity for teens to expand on their understanding of technology."
The Best Buy Children's Foundation strengthens communities through national and local grants to provide teens with places and opportunities to develop technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices. Their priority is to give teens access to opportunities through technology that help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills which will result in richer lives and a better future.
To learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call 772-221-1403, or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.
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