PRLog - Feb. 3, 2012 - LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The Future Focus Foundation, the educational non-profit organization of Virginia’s Region 2000 Technology Council, has received an $800 grant from the Lynchburg Retail Merchants Foundation. These grant funds will be used to support the 2012 Jr. FIRST LEGO League Program and Expo.
Retail Merchants Foundation gives grant
Jr. FIRST LEGO League is a program that introduces young children (6-8 years) to the exciting world of science and technology and encourages long-term interest in STEM careers. The children are given a real-world challenge to solve using creativity, innovation, teamwork, and design skills. Teams for 2012 have begun forming and Virginia’s Region 2000 Jr. FIRST LEGO League Expo is scheduled for April 28, 2012 at Timberlake Christian School.
“We are very grateful to have the support of the Lynchburg Retail Merchant’s Foundation for our Jr. FIRST LEGO League Program and Expo,” said Elizabeth Narehood, Managing Director of the Future Focus Foundation. “This year, I have received contact from several new schools and groups that would like to begin hosting teams. These funds will allow teams to purchase necessary supplies to participate in the program and also provide valuable tools teachers may choose to integrate into their classrooms during the school year. Many schools would not be able to participate without the financial and volunteer support from our local community.”
The Future Focus Foundation is an organization founded to support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in grades K-12 in Virginia’s Region 2000 (Lynchburg City, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell Counties). Founded in 2009, the Foundation’s mission is to prepare and encourage Region 2000 students in K-12 and beyond to seek careers in STEM fields. The Foundation achieves this by working closely with the Region 2000 Technology Council, area school systems, post-secondary educational institutions, and regional businesses.
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A proud member of the Lynchburg, Virginia regional area's Region 2000 partnership, the Region 2000 Technology Council’s mission is to foster an environment that stimulates innovation and growth of technology-focused organizations in our community.