Friday November 30, 2012 0 comments
BOULDER - SparkFun Electronics' Inventor's Kits are being included in a new educational initiative in Vermont, SparkFun announced.
The pilot program is a new educational initiative between the state of Vermont and For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics.
The program offers a $3,000 grant from the state of Vermont to each participating institution, with 10 career and technical education schools already in place.
The first $1,000 is allocated to the purchase of a SparkFun Inventor's Kit LabPack that includes 10 complete Inventor's Kits and 10 Arduino Uno boards, baseplates, circuit overlays, breadboards and kit guides.
The remaining $2,000 of the grant goes to provide a portion of the fees for a school to institute a FIRST Robotics program. FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire youth interest and participation in science and technology.
"To me, the (SparkFun) Arduino is becoming the backbone for product development," said Douglas Webster, CTE coordinator for the Vermont State Department of Education.
"We were trying to get CTE centers on board to be thinking 'robotics/automation/integration' of technologies, and Arduino training is a step in that direction. The impact Arduino has on the Maker movement, product development and inspiring youth to become engaged in STEM education is largely untapped.
"It made sense to offer one grant to purchase kits for both Arduino and FIRST."
For more information about SparkFun's education program, visit http://learn.sparkfun.com/.