Grant Helps FCPS Buy More Robot Kits

Jan 15, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Fayette County Public Schools will soon have more than 100 robotics kits in its elementary schools thanks to a grant from Xerox. The company donated $35,000 Monday through a fundraising effort spearheaded by IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

A Garden Springs Elementary student shows how the robot can move when programmed.

“These are mainly Legos, but they do have some wires,” says 11-year-old Matthew Goodrich, a 5th grader at Garden Springs Elementary.

Garden Springs has been using the Lego robot kits for the past few years and even has a robotics team. After taking several calculations and some trial and error, students are able to manipulate the robot around a small course.

Teacher Mary Maldonado says the robots help students who weren’t interested in math understand more advanced skills.

“They absolutely love it. I had a student that told me the other day, she said, ‘I love doing the robots because I don’t even know that we’re learning.”

FCPS expects the robotics kits to be in place at all 34 of its elementary schools within the next month.

Students use robot kits made by Lego.