The Redwood Area Education Foundation received a a $2,000 grant from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Monday morning to support the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs offered at Redwood Valley High School.
The funds will be used to support and expand the Redwood Valley High School Robotics Team, which offers students the opportunity to engage with STEM topics while they build competitive robots. This educational grant will support the robotics team activities offered for students in grades 9 through 12.
State Senator Gary Dahms of Redwood Falls chose Redwood Valley High School to receive the grant, and met with the robotics class for a presentation on Monday morning. PhRMA partnered with the Redwood Area Education Foundation to bring the funding to local students.

“Supporting more STEM education in our schools is critical to ensuring our kids have the tools they need to be leaders in tomorrow’s economy. It is a pleasure to see our students thriving in this robotics program and I am eager to see what they can do with this new funding,” said State Senator Gary Dahms.

“We are so grateful to PhRMA for supporting our robotics program with this generous grant,” said Rick Jorgenson, principal pf Redwood Valley High School. “Redwood Falls students will have even more opportunities and better access to critical STEM topics thanks to this grant.”

“PhRMA represents the country’s top biopharmaceutical research companies that allow the United States to be a leader in innovation, particularly in the fight to combat COVID-19. Programs like this are an excellent way for students to develop an interest in STEM careers. PhRMA is proud to support the Redwood Area Education Foundation and their commitment to offering students quality STEM education opportunities,” said Reid Porter, PhRMA.