A five-year, $90,000 investment to create 15 high-school FIRST Robotics Competition teams in the state will be channeled through AZFirst, a Chandler-based organization supporting activities for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
The funding for the AZFirst Arizona Rookie Grants is comprised of $30,000 from AZFirst and $30,000 from the Steve Sanghi Family Foundation. AZFirst is seeking an additional $30,000 from organizations interested in supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives.
FIRST connects students, educators, the community and the expanding technology industry in a collaborative effort to teach students STEM principles through project-based robot-building and robotics competitions. In addition, all high-school students who participate on a FIRST team are eligible to apply for more than $25 million in scholarship opportunities.