Oklahoma school’s growing robotics program awarded thousands

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PRYOR, Okla. – An Oklahoma school has been awarded thousands of dollars to help expand its robotics program and wireless capabilities.

Google recently awarded Pryor Public Schools two grants totaling $72,000 through the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of the Tides Foundation.

$35,000 will be used to meet the demands of the school’s growing robotics program, and $37,000 will help to expand the school’s wireless Internet and network capabilities.

The first grant provides funds to install 10 new 100 GB switches across the network, the addition of a new domain controller and the roll out of an additional 50 wireless access points across the district. The second grant will provide 16 Lego Mindstorm EV3 robotics kits, software licenses and rechargeable batteries. In addition, the school will purchase a set of 14 laptop computers that will travel to each school site and will allow students across the district to have access to the robotics equipment.

“Our schools continue to reap the benefits of Google’s presence in our community,” Pryor Superintendent Don Raleigh said. “Our students and teachers are able to incorporate technology into their everyday learning, and our entire community will profit from that.”

Google has awarded grants for Pryor Schools in the past funding their one-to-one laptop program and laptop labs in conjunction with the school’s Gateway to Technology program which supports educational improvement efforts on the junior high level.