SAIC (NYSE: SAI) sponsored FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) regional robotics competitions in Washington, D.C., at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and San Diego, at the San Diego Sports Arena.
FIRST works to inspire students from kindergarten through high school to be science and technology leaders. The robotics competitions engage students in mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, and encourage innovation. Each year FIRST competitions reache more than 43, 000 students on over 1, 500 teams in competitions held across the nation and in other parts of the world. Teams come from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the U.K., and every state in the U.S.
“The number of students entering STEM disciplines is too low to meet future U.S. needs, ” said Walt Havenstein, SAIC chief executive officer and FIRST board member. “Industry can play a critical role in helping address this shortfall. Not only does SAIC rely on a STEM-educated workforce, our customers and our nation do, as well. It is what drives our economy.”