Schools encouraged to apply for $1,500 state grant for robotics programs

By Associated Engineering Press

Middle and high school officials interested in earning a $1,500 grant to improve or expand their robotics programs have until Aug. 31 to apply, according to the Alabama State Department of Education. Winners will be announced by Oct. 1. . . . Computer science professor Jeff Gray oversees the University of Alabama’s annual robotics competition and is co-chair of Gov. Kay Ivey’s Computer Science Advisory Council. “What robotics can do is provide that great spark of interest,” Gray said. “[Students] can touch it and watch it move around.” Kids get curious about the robots and want to make that happen for themselves, he said.

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 150 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.

Author: Associated Engineering Press    /    Posted on: August 24, 2018    /    Posted in:   Computer Science, Faculty and Staff, In The News, Outreach    /    Features: