PULASKI, Va. (WFXR) — Robotics teams in Pulaski County Public Schools (PCPS) are receiving sponsorships to grow their programs.

The generous donations are coming from the New River Robotics Association (NRRA), a non-profit working to help students explore STEM.

“It’s an incredible opportunity for our students to be involved in expanded learning opportunities at a younger age,” said Asher Vaughn, PCPS Gifted Elementary Resource Teacher.

The grant will help students ages 5-9 on the FIRST Lego League Explore teams, and help start and fund teams at Critzer, Pulaski, and Snowville elementary schools. All three elementary schools will be supplied with materials needed to compete against other teams in the fall.

The kits needed to complete robotics projects can be pricy; PCPS students will be working with kits worth up to $750, all donated by NRRA.

“NRRA is giving our students the opportunity to learn some very valuable skills. By having our students learn about robotics, coding, collaboration, and problem-solving at an earlier age, it will enhance our programs at the middle school and high school levels,” said Vaughn.

For more information on the New River Robotics Association, visit their website here.