Having collaborated for years with Chevrolet, the FIRST K-12 robotics program will receive a donated 2016 Chevrolet Volt in order to helop it raise funds.
FIRST is an acronym of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, and FIRST will auction the Volt with proceeds going toward the many STEM programs FIRST supports nationwide.
STEM in turn stands for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The money will go toward robotics opportunities across the U.S. particularly for those in communities underrepresented in STEM education fields.
“The Volt exemplifies technology, and behind the next-generation Chevrolet Volt is a diverse team of engineers who understand the power of science and math,” said Chevrolet Marketing Director Steve Majoros. “FIRST brings science and math alive outside the classroom, just like we are bringing it alive on the road.”
As mentioned, FIRST and Chevrolet have collaborated for many years. General Motors is a Founding and Strategic Partner to FIRST. In just 2014, GM engineers worked with 866 FIRST teams representing 10,000 students across the nation.
“We are so grateful for Chevrolet’s continuing efforts in supporting our mission to inspire young people to pursue STEM careers,” said FIRST President, Donald E. Bossi. ”It’s most recent donation of the 2016 Chevy Volt enables us to expose even more students to the life-changing experience of FIRST.”