News release from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne:
Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne awarded AEP grant for FIRST LEGO League program
(March 24, 2016) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne have been awarded a $500 grant from Indiana Michigan Power, on behalf of American Electric Power (AEP), for their FIRST LEGO League program. This is the second year that AEP/Indiana Michigan Power has awarded this grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne as part of the company’s initiative to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and training within its service territory.
Girls and boys, ages 9-14, participate in FIRST LEGO League programs at the Fairfield Boys & Girls Club and the Fellowship Boys & Girls Club. The program provides hands-on learning in STEM subjects for the young members that design, build, program and race a LEGO MINDSTORMSÂ® robot. During FIRST LEGO League competitions, the children present their project as a business endeavor.
Club teams have been strong contenders in competitions, and have taken home three first place trophies in: Robot Games (Indiana Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs competition, 2015); Core Values (Indiana Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs competition, 2015); Robot Design (Science Central competition, 2014).
Fort Wayne Metals has been a key partner in the program, and provides volunteer staff to coach the team and lead program activities.
The LEGO Robotics program is just one of the Club programs focusing on academic success, encouraging members to embrace STEM subjects, apply creative problem solving and work together as a team towards fun, hands-on goals.
About Indiana Michigan Power
Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,450 employees serve more than 589,000 customers. It operates 2,600 MW of coal-fired generation in Indiana, 2,160 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan and 22 MW of hydro generation in both states. The company’s generation portfolio also includes 450 MW of purchased wind generation and, by the end of 2016, approximately 15 MW of large-scale solar generation.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne is a nonprofit organization that provides structured afterschool programs that emphasize academic success, good character & citizenship and healthy lifestyles. Every year, nearly 3,000 children, between 6-18 years old, attend life-changing programs at four Clubs located in high-need areas of Fort Wayne.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne puts children and teens first by focusing on their mission “to inspire all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens”.
“Great Futures Start Here” at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne www.bgcfw.org.