Chevrolet is donating an all-new 2016 Volt to FIRST in order to help raise money for student robotics opportunities across the US, in particular for STEM education fields.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, while FIRST is an acronym of ‘For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology’, making this donation a sort of natural fit for the Volt.
Ever since its unveiling in Detroit back in January, the Volt has been one of the most talked about cars in Chevrolet’s portfolio thanks to its accessible price tag, impressive driving range and reasonably attractive looks.
FIRST will also proceed to auction off one of the first 2016 Volts with proceeds going towards the supporting of many STEM programs nation-wide.
“The Volt exemplifies technology, and behind the next-generation Chevrolet Volt is a diverse team of engineers who understand the power of science and math,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet Marketing director. “FIRST brings science and math alive outside the classroom, just like we are bringing it alive on the road.”
FIRST president Donald E. Bossi stated his gratitude for Chevrolet continuous support by saying that the American manufacturer’s donation will “expose even more students to the life-changing experience of FIRST”.
This happens to not be the first time the two entities have collaborated. GM is actually a founding and strategic partner to FIRST and in 2014 alone, GM engineers have worked with 866 FIRST teams, representing 10,000 students across the nation.