Vanston Middle School received a grant for $2397 from the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation for the FIRST LEGO League robotics team 23780 for 2016-2017. Another grant was awarded for $2436 for the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team 12764 for 2017-2018. The FLL teams for the league research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a tabletop playing field. The FTC teams are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.
Home Depot sponsored the RoboVikings, FTC 12764 robotics team with an $25 monetary gift card to purchase anything in the store for the robotics program. The amount of $25 is placed on the card every month for 6 months.
The Dell grant is aimed at serving teams in financial and underrepresented students (females and/or minorities). More specifically, Dell is looking to provide financial support to those teams who prove that they need it, and prove that they can use this grant to make a difference in their communities. FLL 23780 was awarded $300 and FTC 12764 was awarded $1000 and a laptop.