BASF supports STEM education with $5,000 donation to Ascension Parish’s High School Robotics Team

BASF supports STEM education with $5,000 donation to Ascension Parish’s High School Robotics Team
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POSTED: Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 1:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 1:04pm

BASF presented a $5,000 donation to Ascension Parish’s High School Robotics Team to help it prepare for the national For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition in 2014.

The donation is part of BASF's ongoing effort to promote and improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in schools. Along with the donation, engineers from the BASF Geismar site will interact with the students and serve as mentors for the robotics team.

“Robotics is an exciting field that challenges students to combine academics and creativity in team projects that have a direct link to real-world industry applications," said Tom Yura, Senior Vice President and Manager of the BASF site in Geismar, Louisiana. “This is a great example of how industry can support STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists, researchers, inventors and innovators."

FIRST is a multinational non-profit organization that is working to promote science, math, engineering, and technology. The FIRST program provides teens with the opportunity to explore science in competition against thousands of other students.

Every year, a new game with new challenges is presented to the teams, which then design and build a robot to compete. In addition to demonstrating proficiency in science and math, the team members are also required to perform community services, mentor new teams and act as ambassadors for the program. Winning teams can qualify for nearly $10 million in college scholarships. The parish’s "Robot Ascension" team made it to the FIRST Robotics Competition state quarterfinals in 2012.

“Through BASF’s continued support of school based initiatives like our high school robotics program, our students are able to gain hands-on knowledge and experience in STEM, preparing them to be ready for post-secondary education and a career,” said Ascension Parish Superintendent Patrice Pujol. “It is through the generous support of our business partners like BASF that help to make Ascension Parish Public Schools one of the top rated school systems in the state of Louisiana.”
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