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Freescale Awards $130,000 to FIRST in Texas to Support Robotics Teams

IMG_3587(Austin, TX) — Freescale Semiconductor awarded the FIRST in Texas Foundation a $130,000 grant at the 2015 WORLD CLASS Central Texas FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Invitational tournament that took place on Saturday, March 7, 2015. The Freescale Foundation raised the funds to support robotics teams across the country and inspire students to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The FIRST in Texas Foundation will use the funding for reaching students underrepresented in STEM fields, software training, tournament production, coach training, and to provide a $1,000 travel stipend to the FLL Champion’s Award winner.

The winning team was 12758 LME Lego Lion from Laurel Mountain Elementary. The 1st place Champion’s Award earned them a spot to compete at the FLL World Festival in St. Louis, Missouri. The Champion’s Award is the most prestigious award that any team can win, and embodies the FLL program by full embracing Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project Mission.

Central Texas FLL attracts 1,600 students annually to participate in robotics sports. This season, 161 teams designed, built, and programmed LEGO-based robots using the MINDSTORMS NXT or EV3 Software to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface, addressing this season’s WORLD CLASS Challenge to “find a better or more innovative way to help someone learn.” The top 60 teams competed at this years Invitational Tournament.

First in Texas Foundation is a nonprofit that supports FIRST Robotics teams and events across Texas with a  focus on increasing accessibility for low-income and underrepresented students. In 2014, the foundation distributed over $600,000 in grants to support 3,404 students across 207 robotics teams. In 2015, the FIRST in Texas Foundation will begin to provide support to teams outside Texas, thanks to the gift from Freescale.