The Chrysler Foundation Pumps Up Support to Michigan High Schools, Grants Additional $40,000 to FIRST Robotics Competition Championship Finalists

The Chrysler Foundation Pumps Up Support to Michigan High Schools, Grants Additional $40,000 to FIRST Robotics Competition Championship Finalists

Nine Michigan high school robotics teams to receive funding boost as they make a final drive to the hoop at the 2012 Rebound Rumble
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“Killer Bees” FIRST Robotics team: Notre Dame Preparatory School, Auburn Hills, Mich.


The Chrysler Foundation, a founding sponsor of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, announced $40,000 in additional grants to nine Michigan-based FIRST teams that qualified to compete against teams from around the world at the 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship (April 25-28) in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 11:00am

CAMPAIGN: Community and Education

CONTENT: Press Release

(3BL Media) Auburn Hills, MI - April 24, 2012 - The Chrysler Foundation today announced that it is granting $40,000 in additional funding to nine Michigan high school robotics teams that will participate in the international 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Championship, April 25-28, at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The FRC Championship is the culmination of the FRC season and includes teams from across the nation, Canada, Israel, Mexico and Taiwan.

Each of the nine teams will receive an equal share of the $40,000 grant to help offset costs associated with competing in the FRC Championship’s Rebound RumbleSM. At the beginning of FRC season in January, The Chrysler Foundation awarded $133,000 in grants to 22 teams (including the nine finalists). During the past 16 years, The Chrysler Foundation has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants to the FRC program and teams.

This week at the FRC championship, each team’s robot will compete by trying to score as many of the basketballs in the hoops as possible during the two-minute and 15-second match. The teams qualified to compete in the FRC Championship based either upon their performance at local and state competitions or through an open lottery.



Home City


Team Name


Macomb Academy of Arts and Sciences

Fighting PI

Auburn Hills

Notre Dame Preparatory School 

Killer Bees


Birmingham Seaholm / Birmingham Groves High Schools

Maple Machine

Bloomfield Hills

Andover High School

Bionic Barons


OSM Tech Academy at Clarkston High School 

Team Rush

Grand Blanc

Grand Blanc High School



Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast



Pontiac High School 

Chief Delphi


Rochester Adams/Stoney Creek High Schools 


“The Chrysler Foundation is proud to play a role in encouraging students to explore the worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Jody Trapasso, Senior Vice President - External Affairs, Chrysler Group LLC and President of The Chrysler Foundation. “Beyond exposing students to these important subjects, the FIRST Robotics Competition is exemplary at fostering the development of valuable life-skills such as leadership, team building and problem-solving.”

“We wish all of the teams the best of luck as they embark on this exciting and rewarding challenge.”

About The Chrysler Foundation
Since its inception in 1953, The Chrysler Foundation has established a proud legacy of enriching the physical, educational and cultural needs of local communities in which Chrysler Group LLC conducts business, awarding more than $500 million in charitable grants.

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