By Brian Watkins

The robotics students at Flat Rock Elementary recently got a big boost to their equipment. On June 4, BNI Directors, Antonio McCoy and Glen Coleman, presented Principal Draugn with a $625 check for new parts that will allow kids a wider variety of robotics projects. The funds were raised by local BNI chapter members.

For some time the students have been working with hand-me-down Robot Legos. While they were able to assemble some fun creations, their kits were missing certain pieces that limited their options. Although over the years, 4th and 5th grade classes have shown real ingenuity in the types of designs they were still able to build.

This donation will allow future robotics students to build even more elaborate creations. AIG teacher Melissa Sanders shared that this gift will enhance classes and further develop student interests in technical activities. Wherever possible, the mission of Business Voices is to solve these challenges on a local level, and it’s inspiring to see the community come together for the students.

As our world becomes more technology-driven, it is important to give our youth the opportunity to experiment with emerging trends. Tomorrow’s technology leaders are shaped by today’s experiences, and the students at Flat Rock Elementary can now go even further with these projects.

Flat Rock Elementary is one of the least-funded schools in Surry County, so community involvement continues to be particularly important.

Donors include BNI members:

  • Ellie Needham and Angie Venable (13 Bones Restaurant)
  • Christopher Cook (Alliance Insurance Services)
  • Tim Marion (Andrew Jade Financial Services)

Below we see the class accepting the grant, obviously excited at what is to come!

Flat Rock Elementary Kids

Adults in photo from left to right: Principal Dana Draugn, Business Voices NC Triad Coordinator Antonio McCoy, Ellie Needham, Angie Venable, Glen Coleman, and Melissa Sanders.

Featured below is an example of the students’ creativity at work.

Flat Rock Robotics Project

Keep up the great work, everyone!

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