(West Plains) – FIRST team # 4402 at South Central Career Center is one of 900 high school teams being sponsored this year by JC Penney. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a not-for-profit organization founded by Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology by engaging students in innovative robotics competitions. The SCCC CONNECTORS is a rookie team that spent six intense weeks designing and building an original robot for the FIRST Regional Competition scheduled for St. Louis.
JC Penney’s sponsorship of 900 FIRST teams this season reinforces the company’s philanthropic goal to introduce FIRST to more schools and communities throughout the U.S. and encourage greater participation among minority and female students.
Studies show that FIRST students are three times more likely to major in engineering in college, 10 times as likely to have an apprenticeship their freshman year, more than twice as likely to pursue a science or technology career, and nearly four times as likely to pursue a career in engineering.