Ky. Power awards robotics grants to Belfry High


By Courtney Pigman - [email protected]



Pictured above is Bob Shurtleff, right, Kentucky Power’s customer services and distribution manager in Pikeville, presents a $6,000 check to Belfry High School Assistant Principal Mark Thompson, left, along with the school’s robotics team and team coach Dr. Haridas Chandran.


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Pictured above is Bob Shurtleff, right, Kentucky Power’s customer services and distribution manager in Pikeville, presents a $6,000 check to Belfry High School Assistant Principal Mark Thompson, left, along with the school’s robotics team and team coach Dr. Haridas Chandran.


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BELFRY – Belfry High School in eastern Ky. is the 2016 recipient of a Kentucky Power FIRST grand totaling $6,000 awarded to support its robotics team.

Belfry High School received its check on Friday March 11. Madison Fillinger, Captain of the Belfry Robotics Team stated, “It is so difficult to get funding for the robotics team. It is difficult because we aren’t funded by an education program. We have to find ways to get money on our own. This grant helps us so much. It is four or five thousand dollars to enter the first competition so this really helps.”

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is a multi-national robotics competition that pair professionals and high school students to solve an engineering problem in an intense and competitive way. The brainchild of Dean Kamen, entrepreneur and inventor of the Segway gyroscopic personal electric scooter, FIRST competitions are high- tech spectator sporting events demonstrating participants’ success in brainstorming, teamwork and meeting deadlines.

This year’s competition has a medieval theme. “It is called Stronghold. We have to shoot this ball that they call a boulder… We have to shoot that through a tower and scale the tower. That is what ours does this year. It also collects the ball,” Fillinger explained.

Bob Shurtleff, Customer and Distribution Services Manager of the Pikeville district stated, “The robotics program is something we do from a cooperate level… It has been an eye opener for me to see these kids and the sustainability of the program; the doors that it has opened for these kids and how they can explore new areas of science that aren’t tradition. This isn’t a traditional field.”

The FIRST robotics grant initiative is one of several programs sponsored by Kentucky Power and its parent company, American Electric Power, to support pre- kindergarten through twelfth grade education with an emphasis on science, math and technology education and careers.

“Kentucky Power is critically aware of the need for strong science and technology education programs,” said Greg Pauley, Kentucky Power’s president and COO. “We are proud to help Belfry High School and other students and school leaders in eastern Ky. as they pursue firsthand experiences in science and technology,” Pauley continued.

AEP and its operating companies awarded $200,000 in funding to about 100 FIRST robotics program teams across its 11 state service territory for 2016-2017. Recipients must apply to receive a grant. More information can be found at www.usfirst.org.

Pictured above is Bob Shurtleff, right, Kentucky Power’s customer services and distribution manager in Pikeville, presents a $6,000 check to Belfry High School Assistant Principal Mark Thompson, left, along with the school’s robotics team and team coach Dr. Haridas Chandran.

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Pictured above is Bob Shurtleff, right, Kentucky Power’s customer services and distribution manager in Pikeville, presents a $6,000 check to Belfry High School Assistant Principal Mark Thompson, left, along with the school’s robotics team and team coach Dr. Haridas Chandran.

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Pictured above is Bob Shurtleff, right, Kentucky Power’s customer services and distribution manager in Pikeville, presents a $6,000 check to Belfry High School Assistant Principal Mark Thompson, left, along with the school’s robotics team and team coach Dr. Haridas Chandran.

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Pictured above is Bob Shurtleff, right, Kentucky Power’s customer services and distribution manager in Pikeville, presents a $6,000 check to Belfry High School Assistant Principal Mark Thompson, left, along with the school’s robotics team and team coach Dr. Haridas Chandran.

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By Courtney Pigman

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(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)

(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)

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