DeSales receives grant from AT&T

Record Staff Report

The science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program at DeSales High School recently received a boost thanks to a grant from AT&T.

The Catholic Education Foundation facilitated the $5,000 grant through a partnership with the telecommunications company.

The grant will provide funding to the school for a classroom set of Bioloid Roboto Premium Kits.

The implementation of the robot kits will directly impact 75 students, but will also “indirectly impact the entire school through collaborations with the other STEM areas as well as business and community outreach programs,” a joint news release from the CEF and DeSales said.

This grant will support the STEM program at DeSales through project-based learning focused on robotics and coding activities that will help improve students’ skills in engineering, coding, critical thinking and problem solving, the release said.

Hood Harris, president of AT&T Kentucky said, “AT&T is proud to support the Catholic Education Foundation and DeSales High School in their effort to better serve local students.”

“Our company’s future, as well as the country’s, is dependent on today’s young people. Through Aspire (AT&T’s philanthropic initiative), we support programs that invest in students, especially those who need it the most, so they can walk across the graduation stage ready for their future.”

Richard A. Lechleiter, CEF president, said the grant will allow students enrolled in the DeSales STEM program “to have accelerated access to real-world learning opportunities through technology and business development opportunities.”

DeSales STEM instructor Jennifer Lewis noted, “My students are very excited to get their hands on the new robotics technology.”

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