Kyle Hunt, robotics team coach at Happy Valley High School, is the latest Northeast Community Credit Union Helping Teacher’s Teach grant winner.

Hunt is using the grant to purchase necessary robotic parts to help the team build a robot for upcoming competitions. Teams spend two weeks designing robots and have a construction period of two months to complete their build before the competition. Each year, a new challenge is given to robotics teams to complete.

“Our program is in need to funding to purchase materials and parts for our robots in order to ensure we remain competitive despite the increased difficulty and mechanical demands of this year’s challenge,” Hunt said. “For many, this is the first time in an intellectual environment that empowers them to showcase their skills and abilities in ways they never thought possible. After participating in robotics, students often express an interest in STEM-related career areas and go on to pursue 4-year degrees.”

Northeast Community Credit Union awards $300 every month to a classroom to be utilized for classroom needs, classroom activities, and academic enrichment.  Helping Teachers Teach is open to teachers within Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, Sullivan and Washington counties who are members of Northeast Community Credit Union. Area teachers may become members online or at any NCCU location and can download the grant application on the credit union’s website:  www.BeMyCU.org.