Huntley Community School District 158 has received a $13,921 grant from the Bosch Community Fund in support of the District’s STEM initiatives. Funds will go to supporting the Huntley High School Robotics Team, including costs for entering competitions, purchasing new equipment, constructing new playing fields, and expanding opportunities for student involvement.
“We are incredibly grateful to receive this support from the Bosch Community Fund,” said Amanda Henk, engineering teacher and sponsor of the Robotics Team. “Not only will this funding be a huge asset as we continue to improve and expand our team, but to be recognized by a national foundation in the engineering industry is a huge validation for the great work we are doing in our schools.”
The Red Raider Robotics Team formed in 2016-17 when the school’s previously established Engineering Club decided to specialize its focus on robotics competition. Since then members of the team have competed at several VEX Robotics tournaments throughout the state and are the reigning two-time champions of the McHenry County College-hosted countywide tournament.
Watch the Red Raider Robotics Team on Huntley 158 Today.
Huntley High School offers students interested in science the opportunity to participate in two academies: the Engineering Academy and the Medical Academy. Both academies offer members specialized coursework in the field of interest, including full slates of the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Engineering or Biomedical Science courses, as well as access to job shadowing and volunteer experiences with local employers, guest speakers, field trips, and other college- and career-focused experiences.
The school recently was named one of 10 Distinguished High Schools in Illinois by PLTW, based on the number of programs and courses offered, number of students enrolled, and the acheivement of students on end-of-course assessments.
About the Bosch Community Fund:
The Bosch Community Fund, a U.S.-based foundation established in September 2011, has awarded nearly $19 million in grants to various 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions. The BCF focuses primarily on the enrichment of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and the advancement of environmental sustainability initiatives.