American technology giant Rockwell Automation is planning to invest $12mn over the next four years to inspire young people’s participation in science and technology.
"Over the past 10 years, [we have] provided more than $15mn of broad-based support to address the critical need to fill science, technology, education and math (STEM) jobs that drive innovation," Rockwell said in a statement.
"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," the statemenet added.
In addition to being a global sponsor of the FIRST LEGO League program and 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 programs, and more than 300 employees volunteer for the organisation in other capacities.
The company also donates products integral to FIRST program 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.
“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,” said Blake Moret, president and CEO, Rockwell Automation.
“Our strategic partnership with FIRST helps us increase our reach and visibility to STEM students around the world.”