The Fiat Chrysler Foundation has donated a total of $226,000 in grants to 57 different Michigan robotics teams. The grants, which range from $400 to $4,275, will help teams cover the costs of registration fees, parts and team apparel needed to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) programs.
“The long-standing commitment and engagement FCA US has with FIRST is embodied by the dedication of our employees who give generously of their time and skills to help mentor students and serve as competition coordinators,” said FCA Foundation civic engagement boss Lesley Slavitt. “It is a continuing privilege to ensure their hard work and steadfast contributions support and further positive outcomes for youth in our communities.”
FRC teams, which typically have a minimum of 25 members in grades 9-12, are challenged to build, and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult game against competing teams. Similarly, FTC teams, which have 10+ members in grades 7-12, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge with other teams.
“The real-world experience that students gain through their participation in FIRST programs is invaluable in preparing students for the future,” said FCA product development head Phil Jansen. “We are proud to partner with an organization that taps into such formidable minds and encourages deeper levels of ingenuity.”