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The Chrysler Foundation Powers Up 2013 FIRST Robotics Season; Awards $181,000 to Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Michigan and Ontario, Canada Teams
By: PR Newswire
Jan. 4, 2013 12:01 PM
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As the 2013 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics season starts on Jan. 5, The Chrysler Foundation awarded grants totaling $147,000 to 25 elementary, middle and high school teams in Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Michigan and Ontario, Canada. The grants will help the teams offset costs associated with items such as registration fees, parts and materials and team apparel.
The Chrysler Foundation will award $29,000 in additional funds to boost the championship runs of teams qualifying to compete at the FIRST Championship, April 24-27, in St. Louis, Mo. In 2012, nine teams received additional funds. This year, The Chrysler Foundation has committed a total of $181,000 to FIRST teams and programs.
"The FIRST program is an ideal platform for inspiring the next generation of science and technology leaders that are vital to our industry as well as many others," said Mark Chernoby, Head of Vehicle Engineering and Vice President - Executive Coordinator, Chrysler Group LLC. "We hope that by engaging students at an early age, we can provide the spark that inspires them to become tomorrow's engineers."
The Chrysler Foundation has awarded grants to the following schools and their respective teams:
FIRST Robotics - $6,400 grant (per team)Arizona
Kingman High School
*Two teams are based at this school
FIRST Tech Challenge - $1,500 grant
FIRST Lego League - $2,500 grant
The Chrysler Foundation also awarded a $5,000 grant to the "FIRST in Michigan" program to support district and statewide robotics competitions.
"The Chrysler Foundation and Chrysler Group are proud to help students discover the rewards and excitement of education and careers in science, engineering, and technology," said Jody Trapasso, Senior Vice President - External Affairs, Chrysler Group LLC and President - The Chrysler Foundation. "We are equally proud of our employees who generously mentor students and serve as competition coordinators."
About The Chrysler Foundation
The Chrysler Foundation embodies the values of the Company and its employees and, since its inception, has awarded more than $500 million in charitable grants.
SOURCE The Chrysler Foundation
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