FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Tech billionaire Elon Musk surprised students by showing up at a school assembly in Flint, Michigan, and promising to take some of them for a tour of his Space X rocket factory in California.
Musk and Flint Community Schools Superintendent Derrick Lopez also told the crowd of sixth- and seventh-graders Friday that they'd all be getting free laptops.
The Elon Musk Foundation announced in December it was giving about $424,000 to help provide laptops as the city recovers from a crisis with lead-tainted water . The schools were also using a separate Musk grant of $480,000 to for water filtration.
The assembly was held at Doyle Ryder Elementary but included students from several Flint schools. Musk is the CEO of Tesla Motors and the head of SpaceX.
From FOX 66 and NBC 25 anchor/reporter Femi Redwood:
Elon Musk told students in Flint about his failures and reminded them that without those failures there would be no success. He also spoke about his experimenting from a young age. #FridayFeeling #Michigan #FridayMotivation #FridayThoughts pic.twitter.com/N73zD4g2Wc— Femi Redwood (@femiredwood) March 22, 2019