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FIRST Robotic Team opportunity with Daimler Trucks, deadline Nov 30th.

Daimler Trucks North America is inviting all public schools (elementary trough high school) in the greater Portland metro area and Southwest Washington to apply for funds to start a new or continue a FIRST team at their schools.

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Daimler Trucks North America is inviting all public schools (elementary trough high school) in the greater Portland metro area and Southwest Washington to apply for funds to start a new or continue a FIRST team at their schools.

As engineering is at the heart of Daimler’s business, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science & Technology) is a natural fit as the company’s non- profit partner. It mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Through the company’s Daimler Education in Motion campaign, it will sponsor a total of 30 new FIRST teams – ten for each FIRST program:

  • FIRST Lego League (4th – 8th grades) teaches students teamwork and problem solving through building robotics using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology.
  • FIRST Tech Challenge team (7th – 12th grades) use sound engineering principles to build simple robots that participate in competitions.
  • FIRST Robotics (9th – 12th grades) teams design and build complex robots to solve real world problems with the sponsor of professional engineers who coach them. The robots compete in local events for teams to earn a spot in national and global competitions against other FIRST teams.

This is the third consecutive year that Daimler Trucks North America has donated countless employee volunteer hours and over a quarter-million dollars to schools in support of STEM education. The application webpage is available. Selected schools will be announced in December.

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About Paulo Vasconcelos, South-Metro Salem STEM Webmaster (146 Articles)
Paulo Vasconcelos is the South-Metro Salem STEM Webmaster and a Graduate Student in the Renewable Energy program at Oregon Tech. The South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership (SMSP) is a collaboration of school districts, community colleges, universities, out-of-school programs and business and community partners that is focused on increasing student access and success in STEM fields.