Oxley High School Robotics will participate in the upcoming 2020 FIRST Australia Dual Down Under robotics competition after securing the major share of the #GreaterNewEngland funding round for February.
For winning this month’s community vote, Oxley High School Robotics will receive $3,000, which they will use to subsidise travel and entry costs for students to participate in the 2020 FIRST Australia Dual Down Under competition at Macquarie University in July.
Combining engineering and science, the Oxley High School robotics program is an extracurricular activity open to students from Year 7 to 12 that is designed to increase their engagement with STEM.
Oxley High School Science and Robotics Teacher, Nathan Daly, said that the group of 17 robotics students would benefit greatly from this funding boost.
“As part of our robotics program, we participate in a number of competitions as a way of helping students develop skills in collaboration, communication, public speaking, design, building, business and marketing,” Mr Daly said.
“This comes at a cost to students so the funding from the #GreaterNewEngland program means we can now subsidise entry and travel costs making it easier for all our students to participate in the upcoming 2020 FIRST Australia Dual Down Under competition.”
“We will also use the funds to buy robotic parts as well as purchasing additional teaching resources so we can continue offering robotics to our students,” Mr Daly said.
Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Jennifer Smith, is proud to highlight the program’s recent milestone after reaching $200,000 in funding to 123 community groups across the region since its inception.
“As a customer-owned bank we have a strong commitment to supporting the communities that support us and the #GreaterNewEngland funding program is a wonderful example of this philosophy,” | Jen Smith, Greater Bank Regional Manager
“Since 2016 we have been providing these relatively small but significant funding contributions to a wide range of beneficiaries, such as schools, sporting clubs, health and community support groups, as well as arts and cultural groups.”
Runners-up for the February round, South West Robins and Gunnedah Junior Soccer Canteen will each receive a $1,000 grant.
The #GreaterNewEngland program continues in March, with voting now open until Wednesday, 1 April 2020. Vying for their share in $5,000 will be Zone 5 Pony Club Sydney Royal Team 2020, Curlewis Rural Fire Brigade and Kootingal/Moonbi Rural Fire Brigade.
To submit your vote, either go online to greater.com.au/greaternewengland or visit any Greater Bank branch. Collectively the effort you make to vote will mean a lot to the winning organisation in terms of the programs and services they are able to offer the community.
Greater Bank is also calling for nominations for future funding rounds. Community groups can visit greater.com.au/greaternewengland and tell us in 100 words or less how their organisation is helping to improve lives of locals.