Capito Announces CD Award to Strengthen STEM Education in Raleigh County

Charleston, W.Va. – US Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today that West Virginia University (WVU) will receive $227,963 through a Congressional Direct Spending (CDS) request. This CDs grant will support the use of telepresence robots to strengthen STEM education and support STEM educators in Raleigh County schools.

In short, Senator Capito secured $241,135,000 in direct spending measures for projects and initiatives across West Virginia through Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 appropriations for all envelopes.

“I want to emphasize the importance of education to our youth and to give attention to those who are involved in these fields, it is possible to do well the thing that I put in the Senate.” The senator said with his head. “Leaders from WVU and Raleigh County will see the impact this initiative could have on rural schools across West Virginia, which is why I recommended this funding through my role on the Senate Appropriations Committee in the Congressional Directed Disbursement Process. I look forward to seeing the opportunities created by this program, as well as the example which can help promote STEM education across the Mountain State.

“We are very excited about the work that makes this CDS possible. STEM education is vital to changing economic outcomes for our students, and the use of telepresence robots to support STEM teachers in remote locations in rural K-12 schools will allow more students access to the best quality preparation.” . Gay Stewart, Director of the WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education, said

“We hope to promote better equality in education and hands-on learning in electronics and computer programming to allow expert teachers to reach a large number of students in rural schools remotely using new technologies such as tele-presence robots.” Yu Gu, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, said.

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