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Grant Applications Available For Student Robotics Projects
Steve Unterholzner, right, explains a student project to San Joaquin County Superintendent James A. Mousalimas. The county Office of Education has grants available for student robotics projects in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Amador counties. Photo Contributed

The San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) will receive $30,000 from AT&T to support its new Student Engineering & Robotics Project. The program will help underserved high school students learn about STEM concepts and propose and complete their own robotics project.

Students can now apply to participate in the program by submitting a concept of a robotics project they want to build. SJCOE will accept proposals from up to 30 high school applicants from San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Tuolumne, and Amador counties. Students whose proposals are accepted will receive $560 to build their engineering and robotics projects.

A committee will score proposals based on the students’ engineering design process, creativity, and attention to safety, environmental impacts, and work environment. Throughout the project duration, students will be given a timeline of benchmarks and completion dates. Students will present their final project to a panel that will provide feedback to students in June 2016.

“This contribution from AT&T helps us encourage creativity by giving students the resources to build robotic projects that they propose and design,” said San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools James Mousalimas.

“AT&T is committed to empowering young students to enter STEM-related fields and train for careers in tech, so we’re thrilled to help the county expand this program that gives kids real, practical experience to explore their creativity,” said Julie Tone, AT&T Director of External Affairs.

Examples of previous student engineering and robotics projects were on display Thursday, Oct. 8 including an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and two quadcopters.

The deadline for applications in this round is Oct. 31. For more information about how to apply contact the SJCOE STEM Department at: (209) 468-4880.

San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) provides educational leadership, resources, and services to support schools throughout the county. For more information, visit


Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs.