Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 5, 2014

Business brief, Jan. 5, 2014

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Western, NW get Chrysler grants

The Chrysler Foundation announced Thursday it will provide financial support to Northwestern High School and Western High School FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics teams. The $5,000 grants will help the teams offset costs associated with items such as registration fees, parts and materials and team apparel.

Northwestern High School and Western High School are among 41 high schools across the United States and Canada to share in the $229,000 The Chrysler Foundation has earmarked this year to support FIRST teams and organizations.

The Chrysler Foundations’ funding announcement coincides with the official start of the 2014 FIRST Robotics’ design and build season on Jan. 4. During this phase, teams have the opportunity to meet at local FIRST kickoff events to compare notes, get ideas, make friends, find mentoring teams, learn the design challenge, pick up the official parts kit, and get geared up for the exciting competition season. Last year, FIRST teams were tasked with building robots that were capable of competing in a high-tech version of disc golf.

Ultimately, teams sponsored by The Chrysler Foundation that qualify for the FIRST Championship April 23 to 26 in St. Louis, Mo., will receive a share of a $15,000 booster fund that will support the teams during the championship.

“The Chrysler Foundation and Chrysler Group are proud to help students discover the rewards and excitement of education and careers in science, engineering, and technology,” said Jody Trapasso, Senior Vice President - External Affairs, Chrysler Group LLC and President - The Chrysler Foundation. “We are equally proud of our employees who generously mentor students and serve as competition coordinators.”