Monsanto Sponsors FIRST Robotics Championship to Encourage STEM Learning

Like many companies, Monsanto believes that sparking young people’s interest and development in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education is critical to meeting the needs of the future – in a broad range of careers from food production to data science. As such, we are committed to investing in the next generation of scientists through hands-on education programs that will encourage them to embrace curiosity and search for solutions that will benefit the generations to come.

To encourage young people’s interest and participation in STEM learning, Monsanto recently announced a 3-year, $600,000 commitment to sponsor the FIRST® Championship, a renowned event in the world of competitive robotic design for youths. The 2015 championship will be hosted in St. Louis on April 22-25.

FIRST challenges teams of students to design, build and program their own robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors – immersing young students in real-world engineering experiences.

Monsanto’s sponsorship of the FIRST Championship continues the company’s support of programs that improve STEM education, including programs right here in Hawaii. The Monsanto Hawaii Science Education Fund was established to help provide our public schools with programs, tools, supplies and equipment to enhance quality education for our youth, and encourage today’s students to consider a future career in the sciences. Since 2005, the fund has contributed more than $180,000 to benefit science education in Hawaii’s public schools.

The grants are open to all established public schools in Hawaii on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Molokai, serving students from middle school through college. Some of the Hawaii robotics teams that have been helped by the grant include: Maui 4-Hers, Highlands Intermediate, Stevenson Middle School, Baldwin High School, Kalakaua Middle School, Iao School, Waialua High and Intermediate School, Waipahu High School, Myron B. Thompson Academy and Maui High School. For more information on the Monsanto Hawaii Science Education fund and application information, click here.

Monsanto Hawaii is proud to be a part of the company’s continued commitment to creating a brighter future for students across the country. To learn more about Monsanto Hawaii’s educational contributions in Hawaii, click here.