Robotics showcased at 6th annual Kannapolis Education Foundation Breakfast

Robotics showcased at 6th annual Kannapolis Education Foundation Breakfast
Posted on 03/23/2017
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The Kannapolis Education Foundation (KEF) will host its sixth annual TECH Campaign breakfast on Friday, March 31st. TECH stands for Teach Every Child How. The theme of the 2017 TECH Breakfast is “Navigating to Success.” The event will highlight the outstanding work being done in robotics, computer coding, and engineering in Kannapolis City Schools through the support of the Kannapolis Education Foundation.


The 2017 TECH Campaign breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, March 31st at Kannapolis City Hall. During the event, students will showcase their work with robotics and other engineering education. That work has been supported through a partnership with the Discovery Place Science Museum in Charlotte, and the event will highlight that collaboration. The breakfast also will feature A.L. Brown High School’s Robotics Team, which won the North Carolina BETA Club’s state Robotics championship.


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 navigate to success in today’s digitally connected world. “As business and community leaders, we see how important STEM skills are for employees to have,” said Kristina Cook, Chair of the Kannapolis Education Foundation Board of Directors. “KCS does a great job with robotics and STEM education, but money is always in short supply. That is why the Kannapolis Education Foundation is providing materials to expand robotics education and add STEM resources for KCS students and teachers.”


The Kannapolis Education Foundation launched its TECH Campaign in 2012 in order to provide classroom iPads for Kannapolis City Schools. So far, it has raised more than $165,000 and has donated the money to Kannapolis City Schools. The TECH Campaign donations have provided more than 300 classroom iPads and related equipment to KCS. Now, the KEF is expanding beyond iPads to add the other elements of STEM education as well—Science, Engineering, and Math.


During the 2017 breakfast the Kannapolis Education Foundation will honor Carolinas Healthcare System-NorthEast by presenting it with the organization’s Friend of Education Award. CHS-NorthEast will be 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. In addition, CHS-NorthEast will be recognized for its work with robotics and will showcase how robotics are used every day in the field of medicine.    


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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