Collins Aerospace is celebrating 10
years as a corporate sponsor of the annual
FIRST® Global Innovation
Awards, aimed at inspiring the next generation of innovators. Winners and
finalists were virtually recognized at a ceremony held on June 30.
FIRST® is a global robotics community preparing youth for the future and the
world's leading youth-serving nonprofit advancing science, technology,
engineering, and math (STEM) education.
How the Global Innovation Awards Work
This year’s competition challenged more than 1,200 teams from around the
world to create innovative solutions that encouraged increased physical
activity. Students from ages 9 to 18 competed for a spot in the ceremony, one of
the world’s largest STEM celebrations.
Twenty finalist teams from each program - FIRST® LEGO League,
Challenge, and FIRST® Robotics - participated in virtual workshops, mentor
sessions, and competitions designed to showcase their research and inventions.
Many of these sessions were led by Collins employees, including Joseph Engler,
Collins’ chief artificial intelligence scientist.
“There is an entire world of young people that are like sponges when it comes
to knowledge, innovation, and excitement,” Engler said. “We have to do
everything we can to fan this excitement and spark a desire for learning.”
Celebrating Winning Futures
After a series of interviews and presentations, the top-scoring teams were
invited to attend mentoring sessions with former astronaut and Collins Senior
Technical Fellow Dan Burbank, to help students advance their futures as
Collins congratulates each
winning team on their revolutionary solutions:
- FIRST® Lego League Winner: FIGLOVE by Team “SESI Big Bang” of Sao Paulo,
- FIRST® Tech Challenge Winner: PATHWAYS Mobility Tool for the Visually
Impaired by Team 14725 “Java the Hutts” of Fort Meyers, Florida
- FIRST® Robotics Competition: Walk Assistant by Team 5553 “Robo’Lyon” of
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