Kentucky Power has awarded 13 grants totaling about $12,000 to a dozen Eastern Kentucky schools as part of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics program, and Teacher Vision grants, including five teachers and schools in Pike County.
Teachers applied for the FIRST robotics grants in January and Belfry High School and teacher Haridas Chandran received a FIRST Grant for $6,000. Pikeville High School and teacher Michelle Scott received a FIRST grant for $500.
FIRST is a multi-national robotics competition that teams professionals and high school students to solve engineering problems in intense and competitive ways such as LEGO and other robotics teams. Grant amounts range from a few hundred dollars for elementary and middle schools up to $6,000 for high schools.
Projects funded through the Teacher Vision grant program included drone aerial photography, drama, solar energy and a sublimation printing lab, among other projects. The Teacher Vision Grant program provides small grants to individual teachers to use in their classrooms. Grants range from $100 to $500 each, and are limited to one per teacher and two per school.
Schools applied for the Teacher Vision grants in February and Phelps Elementary teachers Timothy Mayhorn received a grant for $488 and Kari Mayhorn for $400. Phelps High School teacher Patrick Lester received a grant for $338 and Shelby Valley High School teacher Timothy Hall received a grant for $247.
“Kentucky Power is critically aware of the need for strong science and technology education programs,” said Brett Mattison, Kentucky Power’s president and chief operating officer. “We are proud that our robotics grants can help our teachers provide students with firsthand experiences in science and technology. Our Teacher Vision Grants also allow teachers to pursue specialized classroom projects in other subjects as well.”