Rockwell Automation and FIRST Inspire Future Engineers
Shane Laros posted on November 21, 2016 | | 3373 views
FIRST Robotics Competition Team 120, “Cleveland’s Team”, working on their robot at Automation Fair. (Image courtesy of Business Wire.)

FIRST Robotics Competition Team 120, “Cleveland’s Team”, working on their robot at Automation Fair. (Image courtesy of Business Wire.)

Sometimes young students need encouragement to see why their math and science classes will be applicable in their future careers, especially if they are unaware of the more interesting aspects of many STEM fields.

The FIRST Corporation - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology - offers students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in competitions for a range of ages, from the FIRST LEGO League program for younger students to the FIRST Robotics competition (FRC) aimed at high school students.

Rockwell Automation is one of many companies throwing their support behind these programs, providing FIRST with funding and employee participation for developing youth interest in STEM subjects.

“Through our technology and people, we are helping to inspire the next generation of innovators to fill the talent pipeline for our customers and for our company,” said Blake Moret, president and CEO of Rockwell Automation. “Our strategic partnership with FIRST helps us increase our reach and visibility to STEM students around the world.”

FIRST Tech Challenge Team 6022, “TBD”, with Rockwell Automation President and CEO, Blake Moret (Photo courtesy of Business Wire.)
FIRST Tech Challenge Team 6022, “TBD”, with Rockwell Automation President and CEO, Blake Moret (Photo courtesy of Business Wire.)

Rockwell has announced their support as a four-year, $12 million USD commitment to FIRST, is noted as an awards sponsor for the FRC Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award, and encourages more than 300 of its employees to volunteer for the organization. They also help supply materials used in the robot arenas during the competition.

“This generous, multi-year commitment from Rockwell Automation will allow us to focus on the strategic aspects of our partnership, while continuing to help scale our programs and expose students to a broader range of industry-leading products and applications,” said Donald E. Bossi, president of FIRST.

Supporting development and interest in STEM subjects for students will be crucial in filling the employment gap that seems to be looming over the future technological workforce. With steady advancements in multiple industries including robotics, aviation, computing and manufacturing, engineers will be needed to fill more roles than ever before.

As students may not always realize the benefits of their STEM classes, opportunities to flex their inner engineer are a great way to develop and inspire the next generation.

For more information, visit the Rockwell Automation and FIRST websites.

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