30 FIRST Teams will be funded for Grades 4-12 in Portland and SW Washington
PORTLAND, Ore. - Oct. 12, 2015 – For the third consecutive year, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is donating money to schools in Portland and Southwest Washington to promote education in science, math, engineering, and technology (STEM) through its Daimler Education in Motion campaign.
For the 2015/16 school year, the campaign will focus specifically on engineering as the company searches for 30 elementary, middle, and high schools in the greater Portland area that want to start or continue a FIRST (for inspiration and recognition of science and technology) team. In addition to receiving funds for a FIRST team, engineers from DTNA will be volunteering as mentors to the teams.
“Engineering is at the heart of our business, so supporting FIRST’s mission is a natural fit for us,” said Anahita Crawford, manager of Daimler Education in Motion. “We have a long history of innovation in the transportation industry and want to inspire future generations of engineers through this program.”
DTNA will support students in grades 4 – 12 at schools in the greater Portland metro area who are interested in starting or continuing a FIRST team in one of its three programs: FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition. Schools can find more information and apply at www.kgw.com/robotics.
“FIRST programs inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills,” said Cindy Lebeau, FIRST Oregon’s regional director. “The programs are designed to inspire innovation and foster well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”
To date, Daimler has donated over $1 million in support of STEM education in Portland and Southwest Washington schools since the Daimler Education in Motion campaign launched in 2013. The Daimler Education in Motion campaign is a collection of DTNA’s giving and mentoring initiatives and is part of the company’s commitment to Portland where it has been headquartered for over 70 years.
FIRST (for inspiration and recognition of science and technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Programs range from kindergarten to high school and scholarships of over 20 million are available for higher education. Based in Manchester, NH, the not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
About Daimler Trucks North America
Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. It manufactures, sells, and services commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star, Detroit, and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a business unit of Daimler AG, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.