Renesas Electronics America is to sponsor the FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) initiative as a means of motivating and inspiring the next generation of engineers.
As part of a multi-level sponsorship of FIRST, Renesas employees will work with the more than 2,400 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams around the country serving as mentors and volunteers for the next generation of innovators.
Each Renesas-sponsored FRC team will include one or more Renesas employees as a mentor. Renesas will also provide components for the FIRST Kit Of Parts (KOP), the design kit used by student teams to create robots intended for specific games as part of the 60 regional FRC events scheduled for 2013.
Dean Kamen, President of DEKA Research and the Founder of FIRST, will speak at Renesas Electronics DevCon 2012 on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, and Renesas has invited students from the Los Angeles and Southern California areas to showcase their robots on the DevCon tradeshow floor.