Back in March 2017, our Kiwanis member Jerry Covert, had a dream of bringing Robotics into our local schools. He spearheaded the Kiwanis Robotics/STEM Program. His unrelenting commitment and enthusiasm made his dream a reality. Working with Technology Officers Jennifer Malone of Loudon County Schools, and Dr. Chris Smallen of Lenoir City Schools, the Robotics/STEM Program began in three Middle Schools of Loudon County and Lenoir City. Dr. Mark Buckner of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Gordon Williams of Roane State Community College offered their assistance and support.
Three years later teachers estimate over 2,200 past and current STEM students have been trained. STEM students receive instruction on robotics each day at all 5 middle/intermediate schools and Loudon High School.
On March 6th, 2020 an Inaugural Battle of the Bridge Competition was held at Loudon County North Middle School. Three schools participated. It was an incredible accomplishment for the students, teachers, sponsors, the Kiwanis Club of Tellico Village, but above all Jerry Covert.
Kiwanis Club of Tellico Village, Provision, the family of Russ Hanson and the schools have invested over $47,000 in the Kiwanis Robotics/STEM Program. An investment in the lives of children, an investment in their future! We are making a difference! One child at a time! One community at a time!