The Mission of Laurel Highlands Education & Robotics, Inc.
The purposes for which LHER is organized are to support, encourage, and advance education, science, technology, engineering, arts, and math to students in grades K-12 in the Laurel Highlands region of western Pennsylvania and beyond; and to inspire and motivate students to realize their full potential and develop leadership, business, teamwork, communication, and life skills to become confident, responsible, others-minded citizens who seek to make a difference and enrich the lives of others. In furtherance of these purposes, the LHER engages in the following activities.
Promotes student involvement in science, technology, engineering, arts, math, and robotics curricula, and other beneficial educational programs.
Provides opportunities for students to meet and learn from engineers, scientists, technologists, advanced technology manufacturers, and other professionals and expand student awareness of potential career opportunities.
Offers supplemental educational classes and training to improve student’s ability to enter the workforce upon graduation.
Creates a learning environment where students excel and have the opportunity to develop skills that bridge gaps and open doors to future career opportunities.
Supports student teams that are participating in non-competitive and competitive programs, including but not limited to the programs of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) currently known as Jr. FIRST Lego League, FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Challenge.
Supports FIRST Tech Challenge Team 8645 in their goal to design and build a robot to compete in FIRST’s international robotics competitions, and support other teams as opportunities arise.
Provides guidance and training to students and sub-teams in areas such as engineering basics, mechanical building, programming, CAD design, project management, business planning, marketing, fundraising, presentation skills, and other needed aspects.
Promotes projects and provide guidance through the fundraising and grant application process to raise funds so that students have access to current technology and programs to expand their education base.
Encourages and promotes students to pursue higher education and inform students of opportunities to secure and obtain scholarships.
- LHER is a non-profit public charity corporation incorporated under the Pennsylvania Nonprofit Corporation Law of 1988 exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
- LHER qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under US Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3 and is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions, bequests, devises, transfers or gifts.