Low-income students now have access to robotics thanks to Milgard grant grant


Technology Access Foundation has announced it has received a $25,000 grant from Milgard Windows and Doors.

The funds will support the Robotics programs at TAF’s School Transformation site, Boze Elementary in Tacoma. Funding will cover robotics kits, tournament registration, transportation, a team coach and other expenses related to the creation of 4th- and 5th-grade teams. The grant will help TAF support students of color and low-income students through public STEM education.

“I cannot express how excited TAF is to partner with Milgard Windows and Doors through this grant,” said Trish Millines Dziko, TAF Co-Founder and Executive Director. “This will have a tremendous impact for the Boze community, which is mostly underserved students of color. The Robotics program will allow over 140 4th- and 5th-grade students to develop problem-solving, programming, engineering and teamwork skills.”

Pursuing this interest would bring enhanced STEM and career-connected learning to campus. Guided by adult coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem (such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc.), and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology, then compete on a table-top playing field. This is an international competition that encourages students to develop their whole selves. The funding will enable us to provide the robotics kits, tournament registration, team T-shirts, transportation to local tournaments, and a stipend for a teacher to teach and coach the team.

The grant is part of Masco’s Million Differences campaign, an initiative in which Masco Corporation, through its business units such as Milgard, is allocating $1 million of its philanthropic funding in 2018 to support organizations across the country that are working to break down barriers to diversity and inclusion in America’s corporate workforce through education or career resources.  

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