GM Donates 2016 Chevy Volt to FIRST to Further STEM Education
Even if they’re not yet old enough to buy one, GM would like kids to view the all-new eco-friendly 2016 Chevy Volt as an inspiring example of the kind of advanced technological breakthroughs that science can achieve. That’s one reason why the electric vehicle had a cameo in the Disney movie Tomorrowland, and one reason why Chevrolet announced today that it will be donating a Volt to FIRST, a K-12 robotics program.
The donation will raise money for student robotics opportunities across the United States, with a special focus on communities that are underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education fields. According to Chevrolet Marketing Director Steve Majoros, the funds raised by the vehicle’s auction will help bolster FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) teams to a diverse body of students.
“The Volt exemplifies technology, and behind the next-generation Chevrolet Volt is a diverse team of engineers who understand the power of science and math,” Majoros said. “FIRST brings science and math alive outside the classroom, just like we are bringing it alive on the road.”
Appropriately enough, FIRST will get to auction off one of the very first production 2016 Volts, with the proceeds going to the various STEM programs that FIRST supports nationwide.
“We are so grateful for Chevrolet’s continuing efforts in supporting our mission to inspire young people to pursue STEM careers,” said FIRST President Donald E. Bossi. ”It’s most recent donation of the 2016 Chevy Volt enables us to expose even more students to the life-changing experience of FIRST.”
This is not the first time that Chevrolet and FIRST have collaborated on something. GM is a Founding and Strategic Partner to FIRST, and last year alone, the automaker’s engineers worked with 866 FIRST teams representing 10,000 students across the nation.