Fujitsu Gives Solar-Powered Car Kits to RISD Elementary Students
Fujitsu donated 60 solar-powered cars and 200 solar car kits to the Richardson ISD Excellence in Education Foundation to help promote STEM education within the Berkner learning community.
On Sept. 20, fourth-grade students at Forestridge Elementary received pre-assembled car kits, while fifth and sixth graders at Richland Elementary assembled car kits on their own. The students then competed in solar car races.
“As a technology innovator, Fujitsu is committed to nurturing STEM engagement in our local schools and beyond,” Fujitsu Network Communications President and CEO Doug Moore said. “By giving students hands-on experience with solar cars and other enrichment opportunities, we hope to pique their interest in technology, paving the way for a bright future for our industry.”
The donation is part of a long-term partnership between Fujitsu, the EiE and RISD to encourage STEM learning in the district. Employees at the information and communications technology company built the cars during their annual Fujitsu Day, to support student enrichment and teacher development.
The RISD Excellence in Education Foundation and the district will distribute the remaining car kits at other schools.
“On behalf of the Richardson ISD, we are honored to receive this donation, providing RISD students with valuable STEM-focused learning experiences that help prepare them for the future,” EiE Executive Director Maria Conroy said. “The support of local technology partners like Fujitsu expands and deepens the learning opportunities for our students.”