Opportunities are expanding for students at Southside ISD thanks to a $24,000 Project Lead The Way Toyota grant.

In an engineering class like the the one at Julius Matthey Middle School, about 150 students share 60 robots. The new grant could mean an increase in resources that will expand students' exposure to science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM subjects.

"We're going to be able to utilize it from our middle school on through our high school to include our CTE and also our STEM program to advance it," Southside ISD Superintendent Mark Eads said.

The money will provide new lab equipment, improve curriculum, and offer extra professional development for engineering and robotics staff in the school district.

"Anytime you have students able to be in a hands-on environment like this, doing robotics, it sparks that interest and that desire," Eads said.

The hope is to build a foundation for students to later take advantage of more lucrative careers in the real world.