A group of four organizations has received a nearly $370,000 grant from the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network to further develop robotics programming for K-12 students. The group says the funding will allow it to continue its work creating a talent pipeline for next generation manufacturing.
The group is comprised of the Region 4 Workforce Board, Purdue University, the Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center, and Greater Lafayette Commerce.
During its first year, the group says it developed curriculum, laid out plans to best reach partners in each county, hosted public events, and held training courses at regional elementary schools.
Ultimately, the group says the grant will help it curate talent for careers in coding, robotics, and smart manufacturing and to develop the region’s IoT technology industry.
The group says it will continue to hold the robotics in manufacturing youth summer camps, Manufacturing Week activities focused on career exploration and awareness for K-12 students, CoderDojo after school programs to introduce robotics and coding, Design & Make Studios to provide IoT-enhanced active learning as well as additional data collection and research.