Amazon donates $10,000 of BotBall robotic equipment to F.D. Moon Academy.

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Amazon visited a local Oklahoma City school, F.D. Moon Academy, to surprise students with a $10,000 donation of BotBall robotic kit equipment. The BotBall program focuses on designing, building and programming a pair of autonomous robots to solve different challenges. The program will expand the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program as the first robotics program at FD Moon Academy.

“As a member of the Oklahoma City community, we’re excited to give back to where our employees live and work and to ignite young people’s excitement for science, technology, engineering and math programs,” Amazon Site Leader Erin Shipp said. “By providing STEM education programs in schools, we are preparing the next generation of innovators for the jobs of tomorrow.”

The donation takes place after Amazon opened its doors in Oklahoma City in Oct. 2017 and included items such as Junior BotBall Challenge robotic kits and game surfaces with curriculum, Chromebook tablets, and a Tech Tub2 Trolley.

“We’re so grateful to Amazon for creating the BotBall program at FD Moon Academy, which will be the first robotics activity at this school,” Oklahoma City Public Schools Acting-Superintendent Rebecca Kaye said. “The robotics program will expand our current offerings in STEM programs and provide students a hands-on approach to STEM with new opportunities in innovative fields.”

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