A number of local high school students just got good news from The Chrysler Foundation.

The organization has announced more than $230,000 in grants to support robotics programs across the United States. $5,000 of that total is heading to the Belvidere, Belvidere North & North Boone High Schools’ Flaming Monkeys 4-H Robotics Club.

The Chrysler Foundation
Members of the Fighting Pi, based out of the Macomb Academy of Arts and Sciences in Armada, Michigan

You can check out the Falming Monkeys Facebook page right here. What's the FIRST program all about?

FIRST learning never stops building upon itself, starting at age 6 and continuing through age 18. Participants master skills and concepts to aid in learning science and technology through innovative projects and robotics competitions, while gaining valuable employment and life skills.

In all, The Chrysler Foundation will distribute 47 grants to help young people discover and develop a passion for science, technology, engineering and math. Subsequently, The Chrysler Foundation will award a total of $21,000 in grants to teams that advance to the 2015 FIRST Championship, April 22-25, 2015 in St. Louis, MO.