2017 Educational Grant Awards

The AUVSI Pathfinder Chapter in Huntsville, Alabama, is on a mission to connect today’s youth to the discovery and exploration in the fields of robotics and unmanned systems. Since 2010, the AUVSI Pathfinder Chapter has donated over half a million dollars to robotics programs in support of schools and organizations in North Alabama. On October 10, 2017 the AUVSI Pathfinder Chapter provided grants to 36 local K-12 Robotics Teams. The awards were made possible through donations from corporate sponsors and from the proceeds of the annual Pathfinder Chapter Symposium.  “Our Pathfinder Chapter is proud to support our local youth in learning the skills necessary for success with robotics and to experience these skills in action in local and national competitions,” said Sergio “Chuy” Menchaca, AUVSI Pathfinder Chapter President.


Each organization was required to make a 5- minute presentation on their needs for the 2017-2018 competition year. 36 teams made presentations. Presentations ranged from a single presenter to highly participator presentations such as the one shown here.  Shown to the right are the happy recipients of the 2017 Grants.  Grants were in the form of money and for 4 teams new Dell Laptops for them to work their computer magic on.

·       Grants totaling $22,456 were awarded to the following schools, organizations and teams:

·       Farley Elementary

·       ASFL

·       Monte Sano

·       Huntsville High School

·       FIRST (Alabama)

·       Cedar Ridge Middle

·       MCHS Robotics

·       FTC Brown Coats 

·       AAA

·       Apex Predators

·       Arab High School

·       Blue Springs Elementary

·       Huntsville Christian Academy

·       Tanner Elementary

·       Hillsboro School

·       Galaxy Girls



·       Columbia High School

·       Brookhaven Middle

·       Arab High Dragon Slayers

·       AL FIRST Lego League

·       4Sight LLC Community-based Team

·       Grissom Robotics

·       Hampton Cove Schools (2 Teams)

·       Hazel Green H.S. (7 Teams)

·       Meridian Middle School

·       Madison Elementary

·       Goldsmith Schiffman Elementary

·       Limestone County Schools

·       Montview Elementary

·       Morgan County

·       Tanner High School

·       Williams P8