Grainger is joining forces with the nonprofit FIRST, which aims to inspire young people to participate in science and technology.
“For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
Technology” is the acronym behind the organization, which was founded by
inventor Dean Kamen.
“Grainger is committed to supporting
technical education and we are pleased to support the FIRST organization and
the important skills and experience they bring to the students of today,” said
Chris Sperry, vice president of distribution operations at
Grainger is contributing to the FIRST robotics
competition at the gold-supplier level. This designates a contribution between $50,000 and $200,000. Grainger
provided safety eyewear, gloves and hinges for the 2009 parts kit, which was
distributed to more than 1,600 teams of high school students Jan. 3.
18 years, the FIRST organization has been working to create a culture where
students not only emulate leaders in science, technology and engineering, but
also realize the potential within them to someday be one of those pioneers,”
said FIRST President Paul R. Gudonis. “Grainger is helping to instill those
values and beliefs in today’s youth. Like FIRST, Grainger aims to excite
students about pursuing careers in engineering.”
contains 604 items, 39 percent of which were donated.
1992, FIRST has used the competition to get young people interested in science
and technology. On Jan. 3, the organization unveiled the annual engineering
challenge to teams, who also received a parts kit made up of motors, batteries,
a control system and a mix of automation components - but no instructions.
Working with mentors, students had just six weeks to design, build, program,
and test their robots in preparation for regional events that measure the
effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration and the determination
More than 42,000 students from 10 countries
will design and build robots to compete in regional events with winners
advancing to the April 16-18 championship in Atlanta. Participating students
are eligible to apply for more than $9 million in scholarships offered by
universities, colleges and companies.
Grainger donates to youth science organization
March 1, 2009