LOCKPORT - A $50,000 grant from a Milwaukee foundation could help as many as 25 schools in Western New York start robotics teams.

The grant from the Argosy Foundation, announced Monday at Lockport High School, will be made available to schools in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.

Lockport's robotics team will take part in the regional championships this weekend at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Cherie Messore, spokeswoman for the Western New York STEM Hub - science, technology and mathematics - said the grants can be used to help schools pay the participation fee required of entrants in the U.S. FIRST robotics program. For high schools, whose students are expected to build their own robots, that fee can range from $6,000 to $10,000.

Only six schools in the region currently have robotics teams, Messore said.

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