DETROIT – Chevrolet will donate an all-new 2016 Volt to FIRST®, the K-12 robotics program, to help raise money for student robotics opportunities across the U.S. but particularly for those in communities underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education fields.
The donation is a natural fit because the Volt exemplifies advances in science and technology, and the funds raised by the auction will help bolster FIRST teams to a diverse body of students, said Chevrolet Marketing Director Steve Majoros.
“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 Majoros. “FIRST brings science and math alive outside the classroom, just like we are bringing it alive on the road.”
FIRST, the acronym of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, will auction one of the first 2016 Volts with proceeds supporting the many STEM programs FIRST supports nationwide. The inaugural FIRST Gala was held Wednesday, November 4, in New York City.
“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.”
Chevrolet and FIRST have collaborated for many years. General Motors is a Founding and Strategic Partner to FIRST. In 2014 alone, GM engineers worked with 866 FIRST teams representing 10,000 students across the nation.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $22 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.
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