Greater Tulsa Reporter
Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), an operating unit of American Electric Power, is awarding robotics team grants totaling $26,000 to schools in its service areas across the state. Of that total, $13,500 has been awarded to Tulsa-area schools.
The AEP FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics grants initiative is one of several companywide programs to support pre-kindergarten through grade 12 student education with an emphasis on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
FIRST is a multi-national robotics competition that teams professionals and students to solve an engineering problem in an intense and competitive way. The brainchild of Dean Kamen, entrepreneur and inventor of the Segway gyroscopic personal electric scooter, FIRST competitions are high-tech spectator sporting events demonstrating participants’ success in brainstorming, teamwork and meeting deadlines.
“PSO is aware of the critical need for strong STEM education and is proud to have our parent company’s support in providing funding for our area schools and robotics teams,” says PSO’s Carole Huff Hicks, manager, external affairs, Tulsa/Tulsa Metro. “We are hopeful that students will continue their post-secondary studies in these fields and consider career options which require this knowledge.”
Tulsa metro area FIRST robotics teams grant recipients for 2016 inc
• Memorial High School (Tulsa Public Schools)
• Central High Magnet School for Fine and Performing Arts (Tulsa Public Schools)
• Jenks High School
• Bixby High School
• Broken Arrow High School
• Union High School and 8th Grade Center
• Boevers Elementary School (Union Public Schools)
More information on FIRST robotics programs can be found at www.usfirst.org. Information on how to apply for a FIRST robotics grant can be found online at www.aep.com/go/aepfirstgrant.