OREMC Donates to Waycross Middle School Robotics Team
“Being together, working together, having fun and being innovative,” is what members of the Waycross Middle School Robotics Team said they enjoyed most about their program as they celebrated a $2,500 donation to their S.T.E.M. program from Okefenoke REMC.
Currently there are seven members on the team of sixth, seventh and eighth graders engaged in the after school activity that competes in First Lego League competitions, according to their coach Christie Christensen. “And they were first place finishers in two of the four sections,” added Principal David Hitt. The theme was “Use of Energy” and the team designed, built, coded and presented their electric vehicle project: a better performing solar power train.
“It is amazing what these kids can do, and to see them so excited and engaged is really what we are trying to foster with donations to S.T.E.M. programs like this,” noted OREMC Member Services Manager Dewayne Johns. “These kids are our future and investing in them and our knowledge economy is core to our mission as a electric membership cooperative.” He further explained that the monies used to fund such projects/donations comes from unclaimed capital credits OREMC can reinvest in the communities it serves through donations to qualified organizations.
In addition to the Robotics Team, Christensen is the CTAE instruction at Waycross Middle School—she has a nursing background but received her certification in engineering and technology. Fun, engaging projects are the heart of her curriculum as students do block coding on the computer, complete missions/challenges and develop a “Shark Tank” like project to pitch their ideas. The donation from OREMC will supplement the robotics curriculum, allowing kits and components for every student at one grade level.
OREMC Member Services Manager Dewayne Johns presents a $2,500 check to the Waycross Middle School Robotics Team. Members of the team, along with their Coach Christie Christensen and Principal David Hitt, happily accept the donation.