Chrysler Foundation Awards Grants to Several FIRST Robotics Teams
Chrysler Group today announced that the Chrysler Foundation will be donating more than $230,000 in grants to various FIRST Robotics teams for the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC, with FIRST indicating For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) programs. Since 1995, the foundation has given out more than $2.3 million in grants to students involved in FIRST programs, and earlier this year, the foundation even helped to send teams to the championship.
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The FRC program is open to students in grades 9 – 12 while the FTC is also open to some middle schoolers, with a 7 – 12 range. The programs are in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, and, Chrysler Group’s home state, Michigan. The Chrysler Foundation will be giving out a total of 47 grants. The grants will range from $750 to $5,000 per team, and will help 1,100 students get to regional and district competitions. The Chrysler Foundation will also be giving out another $21,000 in grants to get advancing teams to the 2015 FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, to be held from April 22nd – 25th.
“Chrysler Group’s ability to compete and succeed in the future depends in part upon our ability to maintain the pipeline of students that pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers,” remarked John Nigro, Head of NAFTA Product Development for Chrysler Group. “The real-world experience that students gain through their participation in FIRST is invaluable in preparing students for the future.”