Lockheed Martin, an annual donor to the BCIT Foundation, will provide funding that will offset costs of a Robotics Club at Medford and STEM initiatives at both campuses.
Lockheed is the primary sponsor of the Medford Robotics Club, which has seen a steady increase in student involvement since forming in 2012. The grant will supplement school funding and club fundraising, serving as an important factor in the team’s ability to pay competition fees and replace consumable supplies including structural material, motors, wires and game elements.
A second grant will help both campuses establish an inventory of equipment from a company called littleBits. Those pieces can be used to create touch pads, build robots, design remote controls and create MP3 players – all tools that will help students meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with added emphasis on science, technology, engineering and design. Medford will receive the bulk of the grant to launch its littleBits-based initiative. Westampton acquired a supply of littleBits through a grant last year, and this Lockheed Martin grant will add more complex components to its collection. At both schools, the equipment will help teachers expand concepts beyond the career-focused courses and into the general curriculum. With littleBits, students can create customized doorbells, vending machines, flying objects, remote-controlled cars – almost anything they can imagine.
Lockheed Martin channels much of its grant-giving to STEM-based instruction, and the company has nearly tripled its donations to BCIT in the past four years. (May 2016)