Smithers Rapra announces FIRST robotics competition team 2337 "The EngiNERDs" sponsorship

Smithers sponsors “The EngiNERDs” from Grand Blanc High School in Grand Blanc, Michigan for the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) season.

EngiNERDs robotics team (Team 2337)Akron, OH - Smithers Rapra, an independent global leader in rubber and polymer testing and consulting services, announced today the sponsorship of Team 2337, “The EngiNERDs” from Grand Blanc High School in Grand Blanc, Michigan for the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) season.

FIRST Robotics is an international competition that challenges teams of at least 25 students to create a team brand and raise funds to design, build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. Students have the opportunity to learn from professional engineers, build and compete with a robot of their own design, learn how to use sophisticated interfaces, compete in alliances and tournaments to earn a spot in the World Championship and qualify for more than $14.8 million in college scholarships.

“At Smithers, we believe fueling students’ interests in the sciences and engineering disciplines are important to building the next generation of scientists and engineers – and this is a great cause to support that initiative,” said Nat Leonard, vice president and general manager at Smithers Rapra. “Partnerships like this provide Smithers the opportunity to support brilliant young minds in a real-world context, and give students a competitive advantage in the pursuit of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.”

“We’re grateful to Smithers Rapra for providing funding for this season,” said Chloe Hyatt, student section leader for The EngiNERDs. “The entire EngiNERDs team from Grand Blanc High School is looking forward to another challenging and successful season of robotics, thanks to support from Smithers.”

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit public charity founded in 1989, designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

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Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, The Smithers Group includes Smithers Apex, Smithers Avanza, Smithers Pira, Smithers Quality Assessments, Smithers Rapra, and Smithers Visicient.  Each Smithers Group company provides technology-based services focused on a defined market.  As a group, the diversity of market sectors and technologies provides stability and a platform for long-term growth.  By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients’ products, by utilizing testing, consulting, information, and compliance services.  All Smithers companies are known by their clients as Trusted Providers of Innovative Solutions. For more information, visit www.smithers.com.