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Palmetto Partners for Science and Technology Receives $2,500 AFL Grant


Palmetto Partners for Science and Technology is the recipient of a $2,500 AFL grant that supported the Palmetto Regional Robotic Competition held in North Charleston, South Carolina, during March. In its ninth year in South Carolina, the competition has been highly successful and considered one of the best robotic events in the United States.

“As a leading manufacturer of highly-technical fiber optic products, AFL believes in supporting our future leaders by aiding their efforts to delve deeper into engineering and technology studies,” said Corie Culp, community relations manager for AFL. “Palmetto Partners invests in the future of our communities and we are excited to be able to support their endeavors.”

A partnership between the Palmetto Partners for Science and Technology, the SC Department of Education and the Colleges of Engineering at Clemson University, USC and the Citadel, the Palmetto First Robotic Competition is an “outcomes” activity based on the national curriculum from “Project Lead the Way,” a pre-engineering curriculum for high school students which includes courses in gateways to technology, principals of engineering, introduction to design and modeling and digital electronics. One hundred South Carolina schools now offer this curriculum.

The Palmetto First Robotic Competition seeks to challenge students and their business mentors as well as their curriculum teacher. In addition, students design and build a robot in six weeks using a standard “kit of parts” with the goal of not just building a robot, but using the experience of building as a vehicle for learning much more. Lastly, students learn how to build a collaborative team environment along with critical thinking skills and a solid strategy for problem solving.

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Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager