Providence School Receives $4240 STEM Grant for Robotics Project from Toshiba America Foundation

Providence School Receives $4240 STEM Grant for Robotics Project from Toshiba America Foundation
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Providence School is pleased to announce it has received a $4,240 STEM grant from the Toshiba America Foundation (TAF). These funds will support the Mars Rover Project in the Engineering Academy.

The Mars Rover Project is a second-semester robotics project undertaken by the Providence Engineering Academy, in honor of NASA’s 2020 Perseverance mission. All students from grades 9 to 12 will participate in the project, working together to design, build, and operate a mobile exploration system.

With a generous donation from the Toshiba America Foundation, the school will purchase upgraded Vex V5 robotics sets. Students will form separate teams, each team producing one separate part of the rover. All parts will then be combined for the final outdoor test routine, requiring skillful collaboration and communication—even in the midst of a pandemic!

“Space exploration is the focus of public and private innovation like never before,” said Mr. Meadth, Middle and Upper School principal and Engineering Academy director. “Our students will join in with that innovation right here on campus, learning coding, mechanical engineering, and problem-solving skills. They will be ultimately better equipped as stewards of this earth and beyond.”

Toshiba America Foundation’s grants fund projects designed by individual classroom teachers. This “direct-to-teacher” approach brings immediate results. Teachers are able to change the way they teach Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects because the grant supports equipment for hands-on experiments and inquiry-based approaches to the curriculum. At TAF, we believe that STEM is a lot more fun than just reading a textbook. TAF grants provide teachers with the tools they need to be more effective educators. The grants make the classroom a more exciting place for both teachers and students.


About Providence School

As Santa Barbara's only Christian, college-preparatory school (preschool-12), Providence integrates faith with strong academics to equip students to pursue lives of purpose and impact. Taught by dedicated and dynamic educators, students thrive in a mentoring environment that nurtures and promotes critical thinking, clear communication, and whole-hearted service. In addition to stellar academics, arts, and engineering programs, students enjoy opportunities to learn outside the classroom. Robust athletics, educational travel, ski/surf/river trips, ample service opportunities, and spiritual retreats foster character development and deepen relationships. Equipped for challenge as well as success, Providence students graduate prepared to engage culture and impact our communities through service, leadership, and civic duty.

Preschool through Grade 6: 3225 Calle Pinon; Grades 7 through 12: 630 E. Canon Perdido; 805-962-3091;

Contact Tawny Kilpper for more information about our Engineering Academy and admission.

About Toshiba America Foundation

Founded in 1990 with support from Toshiba Corporation and the Toshiba America Group Companies, Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) is a non-profit grant-making organization dedicated to helping classroom teachers make STEM learning fun and successful for K to 12 students in U.S. schools. TAF grants support public and nonprofit private schools throughout the United States.  For more information, please visit:

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