The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) has awarded robot and drone kits to student groups across West Virginia and southeastern Ohio to increase the number of youths – particularly girls – engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities. More than 300 young people, including 145 girls, are expected to benefit from the donations.
“STEM education is increasingly important in today’s technology centric world,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI director & CEO. “Not enough young people are pursuing careers in these in-demand occupations. By introducing youngsters – particularly underrepresented girls – to robotics and drone technology through hands-on competitions, we hope to show them that sustainable careers in STEM fields are attainable.”