Gulfport High STEM class students celebrate $10,000 grant

Gulfport High STEM class students celebrate $10,000 grant

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport High School's STEM class and team fusion robotics are celebrating a major achievement.

The team received a $10,000 grant from Lemelson-MIT Program as part of the 2014-2015 InvenTeam initiative. The money will go towards the designing and building of an invention that will address real world problems.

After much research and the help of teachers and mentors, the Gulfport team has a design drawn up for an invention that will help the disabled board a small boat without the use of a crane and they are calling it a boat lift.

The students met several times a week over the summer to come up with the boat lift.

"They want to save the world. You hear all the time about what the kids in this generation are doing. These kids we have in this program are going to take care of us in the future," said Gulfport High Engineering Teacher Clint Brawley.

Originally students said they wanted to build a robot that would remove tar balls.

"I'm very excited. I was jumping around and screaming whenever I heard about it," said Tatianna Myers.

"One of my dreams is to go to MIT which is ironic that we got this grant. So robotics is definitely helping me see what I want to do with my life," said Alexander Hopkins.

In June students will have completed their invention and will present it before a panel of MIT professors at EurekaFest. Gulfport High is the second school in Mississippi to receive the grant since 2003.

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