Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today
announced that AZFirst,
an Arizona 501(c)3 organization supporting FIRST®
(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science
and Technology) after-school programs in Arizona, is the
recipient of a $260,000 grant funded over three years from Science
Foundation Arizona (SFAz). FIRST connects high school
students, educators, the community and industry in a collaborative
effort to teach students STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and
Math) principles through a team-driven robot-building project that
culminates in an exciting, fast-paced, robotics competition. In addition
to providing funding to support the FIRST
Robotics Competition (FRC) 2014 and 2015 Arizona Regional
competitions, the grant will fund teacher stipends, travel, registration
fees and supplies expenses for fifteen rural high school FRC teams in
The schools involved include seven veteran FRC teams (Kingman High
School; Casa Grande Union High School; Buena High School; Coconino High
School; Superior High School; Yuma High School and Kofa High School).
The rookie rural schools include Alchesay High School, Globe High
School, San Carlos High School, Cibola High School, Coolidge High
School, Round Valley High School, Tuba City High School and Tombstone
High School. The funding will cover three years of support.
"SFAz is pleased to support AZFirst in its efforts to increase the
number of robotic clubs in Arizona while providing students with high
value STEM learning opportunities," said Dr. Mary O'Reilly, SFAz program
officer. Students who participate on a FIRST team are eligible to
apply for more than $16 million in scholarship opportunities. The teams
will compete in the FRC 2014 Arizona Regional, which will be held March
21-22, 2014 at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona. The event is
free and open to the public.
By working with industry mentors, students in the FIRST program
learn engineering, physics, programming and science, in addition to
other life skills such as critical thinking, public speaking, creativity
and time management. Carol Popovich, Senior STEM Outreach Programs
Representative with Microchip Technology Inc., is the Principal
Investigator for the grant.
Steve Sanghi, President and CEO of Microchip Technology Inc., Co-Chair
of the Arizona FIRST Planning Committee, and a member of the FIRST Board
of Directors, said, "FIRST isn't about building robots--it's about
developing life skills. The kids learn skills about relationship
building, teamwork, finance, fundraising and project management."
In order to receive the grants, the teams must agree to mentor new
robotics teams in rural Arizona, ensuring the growth of the program.
"This multi-year grant from SFAz provides AZFirst an opportunity to
expand our reach throughout Arizona by providing this hands-on robot
building experience to more students. This is a huge benefit to STEM
education and to the Arizona economy," said Popovich.
For more information about AZFirst or FIRST in Arizona, contact
Carol Popovich at (480)792-7938 or email@example.com.
For more information about Science Foundation Arizona, contact The
Lavidge Company 480.998.2600, Kendra Schmitt x562, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Teri Morris x577, email@example.com.
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About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of
microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product
development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for
thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in
Chandler, Ariz., Microchip offers outstanding technical support along
with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the
Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/get/RWWD.
About Science Foundation Arizona
Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
initiated in 2006 by the Greater Phoenix Leadership Inc., Southern
Arizona Leadership Council and the Flagstaff Forty. Its goal is to build
and strengthen science, engineering and biomedicine in areas of greatest
strategic value to Arizona's competitiveness in the global economy. SFAz
is investing in partnerships between non-profit research institutions
and industry, and in the education pipeline to attract and support a
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. To learn more
about FIRST, go to http://www.microchip.com/get/QNRT.
The FRC challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a
common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard "kit of parts"
and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter
them in a series of competitions designed by Dean Kamen, Dr. Woodie
Flowers, and a committee of engineers and other professionals. Students
participating on FIRST teams are eligible to apply for more than
$17 million in scholarships.
Chandler-based Microchip Technology is the Organizing Sponsor and a
"Leader in Technology Sponsor" of the FRC 2014 Arizona Regional.
Note: The Microchip name and logo are registered trademarks of
Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A. and other countries. FIRST
is a registered trademark of FIRST in the U.S.A. and other countries.
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