Community Press Release – STEAMWORKS Receives Grant

Lake Michigan STEAMWORKS Receives Grant to Complete STEAM Classroom

Submitted by Phillip Place and Thomas Hoyt, Lake Michigan STEAMWORKS

Lake Michigan STEAMWORKS, located at 606 Carrol Street in Buchanan, is very pleased to announce that we received a grant from the Michigan Gateway Community Foundation ( in the amount of $10,000.00 that was used to create a STEAM classroom space for the robotics teams and homeschool organizations. The classroom is an impressive 406 square feet, which will allow up to 20 students for STEAM learning. This environment includes an 18-foot conference table, cabinets for storage, a presentation podium and 82-inch display, and two 8-foot by 4-foot industrial grade whiteboards to provide ample writing surface for instruction, design, and brainstorming.

About Lake Michigan STEAMWORKS: We are a Michigan non for profit 501(c)(3) charitable education organization dedicated to engagement of students grades K-12 in STEAM or (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)ngineering, (A)rts, and (M)athematics through robotics competitions. Our High School FIRST Robotics Team is #5056 MegaHurtz Robotics from Buchanan High School. You can visit us on the web at

About MegaHurtz Robotics: Formed in 2013, the Tech Club helped to raise interest in starting a robotics team at Buchanan High School. The cost of starting a team is substantial, however the State of Michigan had made available a huge grant to new teams. This grant combined with a FIRST Rookie grant provided us with the funds needed to get off the ground. While we didn’t make it to the state championships our first year, we did win the Rookie Inspiration Award highlighting our team as an inspiration to other start-up teams what is possible with a dedicated group of students and mentors.

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