Grants Awarded

Robotics Competition Equipment

For the past four years Oakmont’s Technology Education Department has held its own regional robotics competition. In order to grow our competition and involve more students and schools, Oakmont teachers David Landry and Greg Secino have teamed up with Vex Robotics and will now host a regional Vex Robotics competition at Oakmont at the end of the school year. In the past, Rowing Robots and Lobster Catch were held at Westminster Crocker Pond Recreation Area, and last year’s competition, Robotic Mini Golf, was held at Oakmont Regional High School. This new competition will be open to all schools in the mid-Wachusett area.

By receiving a Founders’ Grant in the amount of $500, these teachers will be able to purchase additional robotics parts not only for this year’s competition, but for future competitions and robotics engineering courses. Our Robotics and Engineering classes at Oakmont will be able to design, construct and enter multiple robots into our own competition. Students benefit from this by way of introduction to robotics design, engineering, construction and programming, as well as the exposure to a regional robotics competition. This direction of education reflects a national trend in preparing the next generation, which is why the Ashburnham Westminster Foundation for Academic Excellence is proud to assist their efforts.

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