Rockwell Automation invests $12M in FIRST

15 November 2016

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Rockwell Automation has announced a $12M, four-year commitment to FIRSTFor Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – founded to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

Over the past 10 years, Rockwell Automation has provided more than $15M of broad-based support to address the critical need to fill science, technology, education and math (STEM) jobs that drive innovation. Many of these jobs go unfilled because of both the lack of awareness of the kinds of high-tech jobs available, and the lack of skills to qualify for today’s needs.

Blake Moret, President and CEO, Rockwell Automation, says: “Through our technology and people, we are helping to inspire the next generation of innovators to fill the talent pipeline for our customers and for our company. Our strategic partnership with FIRST helps us increase our reach and visibility to STEM students around the world.”

In addition to being a global sponsor of the FIRST LEGO League programme and sole sponsor of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award, nearly 200 Rockwell Automation employees around the world donate their time for the FIRST programmes, and more than 300 employees volunteer for the organisation in other capacities. The company also donates products integral to FIRST programme games and scoring. These product donations are specifically used for the FIRST Robotics Competition playing fields and scoring systems, and they are included within the parts kits teams use to build their robots.

Donald E. Bossi, President, FIRST, says: “This generous, multiyear commitment from Rockwell Automation will allow us to focus on the strategic aspects of our partnership while continuing to help scale our programmes and expose students to a broader range of industry-leading products and applications. The company has a long, rich history of supporting FIRST.”

Rockwell Automation is recognised as a FIRST Strategic Partner, which signifies the highest levels of sponsorship available at FIRST. It is also a FIRST Robotics Competition Crown Supplier. For more information about FIRST programmes and sponsorship opportunities, please contact . Go to for further details.

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