Black Hawks, Killer Bees, Foley Freeze, Martians and Others Prepare to Invade 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship (April 23-26)

April 21, 2014

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

    --  The Chrysler Foundation to provide more than $20,000 in booster funds to
        help teams power up for FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis, Mo.
    --  The Chrysler Foundation's 2014 commitment to FIRST Robotics increases to

The Chrysler Foundation will award more than $20,000 in booster funding to 12 Michigan high school robotics teams that are heading to the 2014 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Championship, April 23-26 at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo.

The grants – roughly $1,800 per team – will help offset costs associated with registration fees and travel expenses. In January, The Chrysler Foundation kicked off the 2014 FIRST Robotics’ design and build season by awarding $5,000 grants to 41 teams based in the United States and Canada. Subsequently, the teams were challenged to build robots capable of competing in Aerial Assist, a game played by two competing Alliances (teams) of three robots. Each Alliance attempts to score as many balls as possible into their opponents goals during a two (2)-minute and 30-second match. Points are also awarded for teamwork.

“The Chrysler Foundation and Chrysler Group are proud to play a role in encouraging students to explore the worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education,” said Jody Trapasso, Senior Vice President – External Affairs, Chrysler Group LLC and President of The Chrysler Foundation. “We wish all of the teams the best of luck as they embark on this exciting and rewarding challenge.”

“We are equally proud of our employees who generously share their time and talents as mentors and competition coordinators,” Trapasso said. In the U.S. alone, 70 Chrysler Group employees serve as mentors for teams sponsored by The Chrysler Foundation.

The following teams will receive booster funds from The Chrysler Foundation:

School(s) - Team Name

Bishop Foley Catholic High School – Foley Freeze

Bloomfield Hills High School – Bionic Black Hawks

CSMTech Academy and Clarkston High School – Team RUSH

Goodrich High School – Martians

Goodrich High School – More Martians

Grand Blanc High School – EngiNERDs

Macomb Academy of Arts and Sciences – Fighting PI

Notre Dame Preparatory School – Killer Bees

Oxford Community Schools – TORC

Pontiac High School – Wings of Fire

Romeo Community Schools – Byting Bulldogs

Waterford Kettering High School – The Captains

Year-to-date, The Chrysler Foundation has awarded a total of $229,000 to robotics teams and organizations in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ontario, Canada.

Additional facts about The Chrysler Foundation’s support of FIRST Robotics:

    --  At the start of the 2014 FIRST Robotics' design and build season in
        January, the Foundation gave $5,000 grants to 41 teams based in the
        United States and Canada.
        --  34 of those teams are based in the U.S.: 1 in Arizona; 1 in
            Illinois; 2 in Indiana; and 30 in Michigan, which has more
            registered FIRST Robotics Teams than any other state
        --  14 of the 41 teams sponsored by The Chrysler Foundation (12 Michigan
            and 2 Canadian teams) have qualified to compete in 2014 FIRST
            Robotics Championship, April 23-26 at Edward Jones Dome in St.
            Louis, Mo.
    --  In 2014, more than 1,000 middle and high school students have been able
        to discover the rewards of science and technology through innovative
        projects and competitions, while also gaining valuable employment and
        life skills
    --  Since 1995, The Chrysler Foundation has invested nearly $2.1 million to
        support robotics teams across the United States and Canada

About The Chrysler Foundation

The Chrysler Foundation, the charitable arm of Chrysler Group LLC, has established a proud legacy of empowering people and investing in local communities. The Chrysler Foundation focuses its support on four key areas: Education: K-12 and post-secondary education initiatives that encourage the study and pursuit of careers in business, design, science, technology, engineering, mathematics or supply-chain management; Military: support for the nation’s service members and their families in need; Multicultural / Diversity: initiatives that promote inclusion and advancement opportunities for diverse populations; and Youth Development: organizations and programs that provide mentoring and related assistance to aid youth in the transition to adulthood.

Since its inception in 1953, The Chrysler Foundation has awarded more than $500 million in charitable grants.

SOURCE Chrysler Group LLC

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