St. Louis, Mo (November 2017) – Students at Gateway Science Academy South have found outside support as they use robots to build skills in science and engineering. The Monsanto Fund recently awarded a one-time $500.00 grant to Mechanical Mayhem to support their FIRST Robotics activities and encourage local students who participate in the program. Employees from the local Monsanto site invited Gateway Science Academy South to apply for the grant in September.
Mechanical Mayhem will use support from the Monsanto Fund grant to participate in FIRST Robotics and its educational programs and competitions. FIRST challenges teams of students to design, build and program their own robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors – immersing young students in real-world engineering experiences.
“It is essential that today’s students learn STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills, as they will be the next generation driving innovation and overcoming challenges through big ideas,” said Michelle Insco, Monsanto Fund program officer. “Monsanto Fund is committed to investing in the next generation of scientists and engineers like those at Gateway Science Academy South through hands-on education programs like FIRST Robotics.”
Monsanto Fund’s sponsorship of FIRST Robotics teams continues the nonprofit’s intentional support of programs that improve STEM education. Over the past five years, the Monsanto Fund has contributed over $40 million to STEM outreach efforts.
About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.