The Chrysler Foundation Pumps Up Support to Michigan High Schools, Grants Additional $40,000 to FIRST Robotics Competition Championship Finalists

  • Nine Michigan high school robotics teams to receive funding boost as they make a final drive to the hoop at the 2012 Rebound RumbleSM
April 24, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Chrysler Foundation today announced that it is granting $40,000 in additional funding to nine Michigan high school robotics teams that will participate in the international 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Championship, April 25-28, at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The FRC Championship is the culmination of the FRC season and includes teams from across the nation, Canada, Israel, Mexico and Taiwan.

Each of the nine teams will receive an equal share of the $40,000 grant to help offset costs associated with competing in the FRC Championship’s Rebound RumbleSM. At the beginning of FRC season in January, The Chrysler Foundation awarded $133,000 in grants to 22 teams (including the nine finalists). During the past 16 years, The Chrysler Foundation has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants to the FRC program and teams.

This week at the FRC championship, each team’s robot will compete by trying to score as many of the basketballs in the hoops as possible during the two-minute and 15-second match. The teams qualified to compete in the FRC Championship based either upon their performance at local and state competitions or through an open lottery.

Home City School Team Name
Armada Macomb Academy of Arts and Sciences Fighting PI
Auburn Hills
Notre Dame Preparatory School 
Killer Bees
Birmingham Seaholm / Birmingham Groves High Schools
Maple Machine
Bloomfield Hills
Andover High School
Bionic Barons
OSM Tech Academy at Clarkston High School 
Team Rush
Grand Blanc
Grand Blanc High School
Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast
Pontiac High School 
Chief Delphi
Rochester Adams/Stoney Creek High Schools 

“The Chrysler Foundation is proud to play a role in encouraging students to explore the worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Jody Trapasso, Senior Vice President - External Affairs, Chrysler Group LLC and President of The Chrysler Foundation. “Beyond exposing students to these important subjects, the FIRST Robotics Competition is exemplary at fostering the development of valuable life-skills such as leadership, team building and problem-solving.”

“We wish all of the teams the best of luck as they embark on this exciting and rewarding challenge.”

About The Chrysler Foundation
Since its inception in 1953, The Chrysler Foundation has established a proud legacy of enriching the physical, educational and cultural needs of local communities in which Chrysler Group LLC conducts business, awarding more than $500 million in charitable grants.

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