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  • Katy Technology and Education Foundation awarded FedEx Services Grant

    April 10, 2018
    Katy Technology and Education Foundation (KTEF) has been awarded an $8,500 FedEx Services Grant from FedEx Ground.  The FedEx Services Grant will be used to assist the Katy ISD FIRST Robotics Program and KTEF programs.

    As part of its work with Katy area students, Katy Area Economic Development Council and KTEF have supported the Katy ISD FIRST Robotics program for several years by helping to raise almost $12,000.  Awarded grant funds will help continue this work.

    According to its website, FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.  Students and mentors design and build a robot using a standard "kit of parts" and within a common set of rules to play a sophisticated field game in a six-week time frame.  The program is aimed to motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills.  Over 88% of program participants have more interest in doing well in school and 92% are more interested in attending college.  The 2018 International FIRST Robotics Championship will take place in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center April 18-21.

    “The Katy ISD FIRST Robotics program is a unique blend of school support, industry support and mentor support to bring students into the technology focused world and workforce that is rapidly changing around us,” said Mike Outlaw, Mentor, Cinco Ranch High School FIRST Robotics Team 624. 

    “The program provides students a hands-on experience of fully integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) while gaining experience, confidence and enthusiasm in pursing highly technical degrees in college and ultimately the workforce. We are showing the success to Katy ISD and the companies that support the program by having almost 100% of the seniors in robotics each year pursing STEAM related degrees with many returning after college to work in the Katy area for those companies.”

    Currently, Katy ISD has five robotics teams, Cinco Ranch (Team 624), Morton Ranch (Team 2882), Seven Lakes (Team 4639), Tompkins (Team 5427), and Mayde Creek (Team 6488).  All teams utilize the Robert Shaw Center for STEAM to build the robots.

    “FedEx Ground is proud to support the communities where our employees live and work. We look forward to our continued relationship with the Katy Area Economic Development Council and the work that they do in the greater Houston area,” stated Clay Roach, FedEx Ground Managing Director, Gulf Coast District.

    The purpose of KTEF, founded by Katy Area Economic Development Council, is to support the assembly of human, financial and facility resources to help and develop local private technology companies, and to promote the relationship between educational institutions and the private sector for the education, training and dissemination of business principles.  As part of its mission, KTEF is working closely with the Katy ISD FIRST Robotics Program to help raise funds and encourage Katy area businesses involvement in robotics intiatives.

    KTEF and Katy Area EDC would like to extend a special thank you to FedEx and its commitment to helping Katy area students.

    If you are interested in getting involved with the Katy ISD FIRST Robotics program and/or donating, please contact Frank Lombard at or 281-396-2200.
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