Chryslers Funds School Robotics Teams

(AUBURN HILLS, MI) – The Chrysler Foundation has announced more than $230,000 in grants to support students participating in FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) (grades 9-12) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) (grades 7-12) programs including 42 Michigan schools. In total, the Chrysler Foundation will distribute 47 grants to help young people discover and develop a passion for science, technology, engineering and math.

“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,” said 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.”

The Chrysler Foundation grants, ranging from $750 to $5,000 per team, will enable an estimated 1,100 middle and high school students to participate in regional and district competitions. Subsequently, the Chrysler Foundation will award a total of $21,000 in grants to teams that advance to the 2015 FIRST Championship, from April 22 to 25, 2015, in St. Louis, MO.

“The Chrysler Foundation is proud to play a role in helping students discover the rewards and excitement of education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Jody Trapasso, senior vice president of external affairs at Chrysler Group, and the president of the Chrysler Foundation. “We are equally proud of our employees who generously give their time and skills to help mentor students and serve as competition coordinators.”

Additionally, FIRST in Michigan will receive a $2,500 grant to support its FIRST LEGO League program, which introduces students (grades 4-8) to the fun and excitement of science and technology.

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