FCA Foundation Grants “Power Up” 51 Michigan High School Robotics Teams
Dragons, Vi-Borgs and Martians among teams to share $228,000
The FCA Foundation awarded FIRST robotics programs more than $400,000 this year, including support for 2018 FIRST Championship – Detroit
December 27, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -
Ahead of the (Jan. 6) kickoff of the 2018 FIRST Robotics season, the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC, today announced more than $228,000 in grants to 51 Michigan-based FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams. The grants ($4,475 per team) will help offset the costs i.e. registration fees, parts and materials and team apparel associated with participating in the 2018 FIRST® POWER UP challenge. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), is an international, K-12 not-for-profit organization founded to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.
FCA Foundation grants will help 56 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan “power up” during the 2018 robotics season.
“We are proud to partner with an organization that is committed to inspiring the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals,” said Phil Jansen, Head of Product Development, FCA – North America. “The experience that students gain through their participation in FIRST programs is invaluable in preparing them for STEM-based careers.”
This year alone, the FCA Foundation has awarded more than $400,000 to student robotics programs, including grants for Michigan-based FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST LEGO League teams, First in Michigan and 2018 FIRST Championship – Detroit (April 25-28).
Additionally, more than 80 FCA US employees will guide FRC teams through the competition season as volunteer team mentors and coaches.
The FCA Foundation awarded grants to the following Michigan FRC teams:
School(s) Team No. Team Name
Almont High School 4961 Shock and Awe-sum
Avondale High School (Auburn Hills) 3538 RoboJackets
Bedford Robotics Association, Inc. (Temperance) 3542 S.P.E.E.D.
Berkley High School & Hazel Park & Shrine Catholic High School 247 Da Bears
Birmingham Seaholm & Birmingham Groves High Schools 2960 Maple Machine
Bishop Foley Catholic High School (Madison Heights) 910 Foley Freeze
Bloomfield Hills High School 2834 Bionic Black Hawks
Brandon High School (Ortonville) & Holly High School 68 Truck Town Thunder
Canton, Plymouth, and Salem High Schools 862 Lighting Robotics
Capac Community Schools 2604 Metal and Soul
Cardinal Mooney Catholic (Marine City) 4779 RoboSapeins
Carman-Ainsworth High School (Flint) 314 The Megatron Oracles
Central High School (Grand Rapids) 904 D Cubed
Clarkston High School 27 Team RUSH
Detroit Catholic Central High School (Novi) 5907 CC Shambots
Dundee High School 4395 Dundee Vi-Borgs
Fenton High School 5114 Titanium Tigers
Ferndale High School 1025 IMPIS
Genesee Robotics Area Youth Team (Fenton) 1322 GRAYT Leviathons
Goodrich High School *70 / 494 More Martians / Martians
Grand Blanc High School 2337 EngiNERDs
Gross Ile High School 5498 Wired Devils
Imlay City High School 5048 Spartronics
International Academy East (Troy) 4384 Benzene Bots
Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (Detroit) 5619 Jaguars
Lake Orion High School 302 Dragons
Lapeer County Ed-Tech 3535 Galaktech Invaders
Linden High School 3568 Robo Eagles
Livonia Public Schools 2832 The Livonia Warriors
Macomb Academy of Arts and Sciences (Armada) 1718 Fighting PI
Mercy High School (Farmington Hills) 1481 The Riveters
Northwestern, Southwestern and Mott Middle College High Schools (Flint) 322 Team F.I.R.E.
Notre Dame Preparatory (Pontiac) 33 Killer Bees
Oakland Tech Northeast (Pontiac) 1 Juggernauts
Our Lady of the Lakes (Waterford) 5053 Lakers
Oxford Community Schools 2137 TORC
Pontiac Academy for Excellence 6117 Team Eagle
Pontiac High School 51 Wings of Fire
Rochester Adams & Stoney Creek High Schools (Rochester Hills) 245 Adambots
Rochester High School 201 The Feds
Skyline High School (Ann Arbor) 3322 Eagle Imperium
South Lake High School (St. Clair Shores) 5214 Cavbots
South Lyon Community Schools & South Lyon Robotics 3641 Flying Toasters
Southeastern High School of Technology (Detroit) 4851 JungleBots
St. Clair High School 5843 Flurb
Stevenson & Henry Ford II & Utica High Schools (Sterling Heights) 2851 Crevolution
Stoney Creek High School (Rochester Hills) 5436 CyberCats
Walled Lake Schools 308 The Monsters
Warren Consolidated Schools 818 Steel Armadillos
Waterford Kettering High School 3098 The Captains
*Teams will share a single grant.
About the FCA Foundation
The FCA Foundation is committed to rebalancing inequalities to promote the full realization of every human being. We seek to support outcomes in our communities that ensure people can enjoy equality and dignity. The FCA Foundation directs its resources toward the following areas of focus:
Youth Development – helping young people develop the leadership qualities and resiliency necessary to succeed in school, at work, and in life.
Education – building the skills and competencies that lead to achievement and support educational access and success.
Military/Veterans – ensuring veterans successfully transition to civilian life and that the needs of military service members and their families are supported.
Service – leveraging the talents and contributions of all members of the community.