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 Indiana Western High School ( Russiaville) Michigan Andover & Lahser High Schools ( Bloomfield Hills) Ann Arbor Huron High School Birmingham Seaholm & Birmingham Groves High Schools Bishop Foley Catholic High School ( Madison Heights) Chelsea High Schools Dundee High School Goodrich High School* Grand Blanc High School Hartland High School Lake Orion High School Macomb Academy of Arts and Sciences (Armada)Notre Dame Preparatory ( Auburn Hills) Oakland Tech Northeast ( Pontiac) OSM Tech Academy at Clarkston High School Oxford Community Schools Pontiac High School Rochester Adams and Stoney Creek High Schools ( Rochester Hills) Walled Lake Schools Warren Consolidated Schools *Two teams are based at this school