First things FIRST

By Ellen Cooke

We’re partnering with FIRST Robotics to give young students a taste for engineering

There are a lot of young people out there looking to build their careers in science, technology and engineering. And there are a lot of companies – like ours – looking to hire them in the future. That’s why we’re partnering with FIRST® to help these young people build their confidence, grow their knowledge, expand their skills and find their calling!

Recently, for example, we proudly sponsored the FIRST Tech Challenge – East Super Regional 2017 event on March 17-19 at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. More than 1,000 people participated in this exciting event, including competing high school students and their parents. College students served as mentors and education professionals from each school coached the high schoolers. More than 70 teams from Maine to West Virginia competed for a chance at the FIRST Tech Challenge Championship in St. Louis, Missouri.

Our Pipelines Program Manager Cynthia Angulo was there to open up the event, along with PSEG Senior Specialist Irsa Gabriel. Cynthia shared opportunities students will have once they pursue their college career. And SVP John Bruckner’s Operations & Engineering department was the official sponsoring area, with a $10,000 contribution.

And Rosa Schmidt from our partner organization, the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD), had this to say: “We are thrilled that National Grid participated in the East Super Regional event this year. Company representatives were able to meet and connect with the top 75 FIRST Tech teams from the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region. These students are our future pipeline and, during the event, became more aware of the great careers available at National Grid.”

We also recently sponsored Huntington High School Robotics Team 5016. The team visited our Hub Drive facility on Long Island April 17. Lead engineer Michael Wyrick is a mentor for the group and we sponsored the team this year for $5,000. 

The team was established to provide the students with hands-on STEM and ‘real-world engineering’ experience. Team 5016 won many competitions this year and excelled to become a competitor in the FIRST Robotics World Championship, which took place in St. Louis, MO! 

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