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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – The future of science and technology education in Madison County Public Schools got a little brighter on Monday, thanks to a generous grant from the United Way of the Bluegrass, and aluminum recycling company Novelis.

The $35,000 dollar grant is part of a five year plan to encourage STEM programs in public schools.  STEM programs are focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

The grant money will be used to purchase robotics kits for hands-on education for students.

“Now, our kids will actually get to do some hands-on activities.  It’s exciting whenever you are talking about robotics, especially from an elementary point of view.  Being able to put together Lego kits and work with robotics gets them excited.”

Organizers say the idea is to make learning subjects like these more enjoyable for students.

“Often what happens is that they have to make work difficult to make it educational, the fact is it can be fun and this is part of it.”

The school system is receiving four Lego kits per teacher.  Each elementary school in Madison County will be taking part.

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