The membership of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Institute of Engineering Technologies UK recently provided a generous grant to the youth of Cub Scout Pack 400, chartered by St. John's Episcopal Church, Clearwater.
The grant, for the continuation of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Robotics Program and for the purchase of two additional Lego robotics kits and accessories, was presented March 12 at the Clearwater Yacht Club.
The IET's Tampa Bay group supports youngsters 6 and older by providing funds to purchase Lego robot kits, which they build with the help of an adult mentor. As students get older, different types of activities are made available to them, including technical debates.
The IET, which covers all branches of STEM, encourages student membership and has a young professional category that admits members up to 35 years old. The organization has 140,000 members worldwide, with 4,000 living in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Greenland.
Pack membership has increased since Cub Scout Troop 400 has been engaged in the STEM program and NOVA award program, which consists of individual activity elements in various STEM topics structured for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers.
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