2017 Kannapolis Education Foundation Breakfast a big success

2017 Kannapolis Education Foundation Breakfast a big success
Posted on 03/31/2017
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The Kannapolis Education Foundation (KEF) hosted its sixth annual TECH breakfast on Friday, March 31st. The event was a tremendous success and is expected to raise more than $25,000 for the Kannapolis Education Foundation.


TECH stands for Teach Every Child How. The theme of the 2017 TECH Breakfast was “Navigating to Success.” The event highlighted work being done in robotics, computer coding, and engineering in Kannapolis City Schools through the support of the Kannapolis Education Foundation.


During the event, students from Fred L. Wilson Elementary showcased the work they are doing with robotics and other engineering education. Their work has been supported by a partnership with the Discovery Place Science Museum in Charlotte. Members of A.L. Brown High School’s Robotics Team also shared the work they are doing. The A.L. Brown Robotics Team is the top robotics team in North Carolina and will represent the state at the National BETA Club competition in Orlando, Florida in June.


Money raised from the 2017 TECH Breakfast will be used to help launch a new engineering program at Kannapolis Middle School in August of 2017. KCS teacher, Ute Lentz, will teach the new program. During the TECH Breakfast, she talked about her background as an engineer before she became a teacher, and she outlined her vision for the new middle school engineering program.


Research shows that automation and robotics help spur economic development, raise the standard of living, and create high-paying jobs. However, not enough students are being trained to enter these valuable fields. The Kannapolis Education Foundation is working with Kannapolis City Schools to make sure more students are prepared to succeed in today’s digitally connected world.


Also during the TECH Breakfast, the Kannapolis Education Foundation honored Carolinas Healthcare System-NorthEast by presenting it with the organization’s Friend of Education Award. CHS-NorthEast was recognized for its partnerships with Kannapolis City Schools, its ongoing support of KCS students and teachers, and its commitment to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Tri Tang of CHS-NorthEast accepted the award. He also demonstrated how robotics are used in medicine and how valuable STEM skills are for success in the workplace.


The Kannapolis Education Foundation was established in 1994 as an independent non-profit organization. Since it was founded, it has donated nearly three quarters of a million dollars to Kannapolis City Schools. The KEF has provided advanced science equipment, computers, books, software, and other classroom materials to teachers and students in Kannapolis City Schools. Its contributions include biotechnology equipment for the A.L. Brown STEM Academy as well as computers, software, and library materials to all Kannapolis City Schools. 


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