The Hopkins Education Foundation awarded two grants from their Awesome Fund. The Technocrats Robotics Club was awarded $4,000 and the Weightlifting Club was awarded $873.
The Awesome Fund provides modest grants directly to registered student clubs to pursue ideas or projects that help other students, enhance the community, or heighten students’ educational experience and their interest in school. The fund is supported by a generous alumnus, a matching donation from his employer, and the family and friends of Ethan Lang (Class of 2009).
The grant for the Technocrats will be used to fund the entry fee for the Great Northern Regional Competition at Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. in mid-March. It will fund the robotics club additional practice in the arena, an extra chance to qualify for the world championships, and a better look at fellow competitors before the Minneapolis competition in late March.
The Technocrats will not find out the theme for the 2019 contest until Jan. 5, and then they will have six weeks to design, build, and test their robot for competition. They will have to troubleshoot, fine tune, and make modifications.
The grant for the Weightlifting Club will be used to help purchase additional equipment that will help improve participants’ technique and form. The goal for Weightlifting Club members is to become better athletes, develop life-long strengthening routines, and earn spots in state competition. The weightlifting season for high school clubs is December through late February. Championships will be held in March in Cannon Falls, Minn.