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Knox Middle School Receives $5,000 Robotics Grant

Knox Middle School of San Diego Unified School District has received a $5,000 Barona Education Grant to develop an "innovative robotics program."

The grant program was created and administered by the Barona Band of Mission Indians in rural eastern San Diego County. The goal of the program is "to create strong educational opportunities for the children of California building upon the success of the Barona Indian Charter School," according to a news release.

Knox Middle School, which includes grades 6 through 8, plans to use the money to launch a new robotics program designed to help students develop problem solving skills and to promote interest in advanced technology, science and computer programming.

"We believe it will inspire our students to gain a love for robotics that will help them in high school, college and beyond," said Heather Potter, principal of Knox Middle School, in a prepared statement. "Now that they have the tools they need to compete with other middle schools locally and across the state, it will expose them to so much and help boost confidence and self-esteem."

The Borona Education Grant was established in 2006 and has awarded more than $2.9 million to 587 schools around the state of California. Further information and applications for the Barona Education Grant can be found on the Barona Band of Mission Indians' site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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