The Chrysler Foundation Awards $133,000 in FIRST Robotics/FIRST Lego League Grants to Advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 19, 2012 — (PRNewswire) —

  • 22 FIRST Robotics/FIRST Lego League teams from Arizona, Indiana, Michigan and Virginia receive grants of up to $6,625
  • The Chrysler Foundation's support of FIRST robotics program and teams tops $1.7 million and spans 16 years
  • Announcement reaffirms The Chrysler Foundation's commitment to training the work force of tomorrow

The Chrysler Foundation today announced the recipients of its 2011-2012 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and FLL (FIRST Lego League) grants to reaffirm its commitment to advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education as a means of training the work force of tomorrow.

In this most recent round of funding, each FIRST team will receive a grant of $6,625; FLL teams will receive grants of $500. In all, The Chrysler Foundation will award $133,000 in grants to 22 teams spanning Arizona, Indiana, Michigan and Virginia. The funds will be used to offset costs associated with items such as registration fees, parts and materials and team apparel. The Chrysler Foundation will award additional funding to teams that qualify for and attend the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship or FIRST Lego League World Festival. 

"The Chrysler Foundation and Chrysler Group are proud to play a role in encouraging students to explore the worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics," said Jody Trapasso, President - The Chrysler Foundation. A supporter of FIRST since its earliest years, The Chrysler Foundation has provided more than $1.7 million in support of the FIRST robotics program and teams during the past 16 years. 

Beyond funding, employees within Chrysler Group's Product Development organization have played an integral part in the success of the FIRST program – volunteering their time and talents to mentor students and serve as competition coordinators. Working side-by-side with adult mentors, students learn basic physics, electrical and mechanical engineering and machining skills.

"As an automotive company with a strong heritage of designing, building and delivering innovative, high-quality, segment-defining vehicles, we hope to provide a spark of inspiration to the next generation," said Mark Chernoby, Head of Vehicle Engineering and Vice President - Executive Coordinator, Chrysler Group LLC. "Bright and talented engineers are vital to our industry's future and the FIRST program is an ideal platform for developing a student's interest and skills in science and engineering."

STATE/City           

School Name

Team Name

League

 

ARIZONA

 

 

 

 

Kingman

Kingman High School

Bionic Bulldogs

FIRST

 

 

 

 

 

 

INDIANA

 

Russiaville

Western High School  

Panthertech

 FIRST

 

 

 

 

 

 

MICHIGAN

 

Armada

Macomb Academy of Arts and Sciences

Fighting PI

FIRST

 

Auburn Hills

Notre Dame Preparatory School 

Killer Bees

FIRST

 

Birmingham

Birmingham Seaholm/Birmingham Groves High Schools

Maple Machine

FIRST

 

 

Bloomfield Hills

Andover High School

Bionic Barons

FIRST

 

Capac

Capac Community Schools

Capac Chiefs

FIRST

 

Chelsea

Chelsea High School

Technical Difficulties

FIRST

 

Clarkston

OSM Tech Academy at Clarkston High School 

Team Rush

FIRST

 

Dundee

Dundee High School

TBD

FIRST

 

Goodrich

Goodrich High School 

More Martians / Martians

FIRST

 

Grand Blanc

Grand Blanc High School

EngiNerds

FIRST

 

Lake Orion

Lake Orion High School 

Dragons

FIRST

 

Madison Heights

Bishop Foley Catholic High School

Foley Freeze

FIRST

 

Pontiac

Oakland Tech Northeast 

Juggernauts

FIRST

 

Pontiac

Pontiac High School 

Chief Delphi

FIRST

 

Rochester

Rochester Adams/Stoney Creek High Schools 

Adambots

FIRST

 

Troy

Bolan Park Middle School

Bubble Poppers

FLL

 

Walled Lake

Walled Lake Schools 

The Monsters

FIRST

 

Warren

Warren Consolidated Schools 

Steel Armadillos

FIRST

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIRGINIA

 

Falls Church

Mary Ellen Henderson School

Team ProBot

FLL

 


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