Tech Valley played host to the New York Tech Valley Regional Robotics Competition this past weekend and GLOBALFOUNDRIES was thrilled to be a part of the excitement! More than 1,500 high school students on 36 teams, including competitors from Canada, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Kentucky, traveled to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to compete for two days of matches. Students were inspired, engaged and excited as they competed in RECYCLE RUSH!, a recycling-themed game played by robots.
The 2015 FIRST® NY Tech Valley Regional Competition was exciting for GF in many different ways. Two of the teams that competed in the event were sponsored by the GF-Town of Malta Foundation – Team 20 from Shenendahowa High School and Team 3044 from Ballston Spa High School. More than 30 employees from GF were directly involved in the program as mentors and volunteers! GF employee Brett Brimhall was one of two volunteers over the weekend recognized by FIRST with the Outstanding Volunteer Award. Our executives Regina Darmoni, Bill Fosnight, Dave Gross and Mark Dougherty also served as judges at the event.
In addition to this involvement, GF introduced a new coalition of Fab 8 supply chain partners, including Applied Materials, ASML, KLA Tencor, Lam Research, Mattson Technology, M+W Group, PDF Solutions, SCREEN Semiconductor Solutions and Turner Construction. Together, this group has pledged $486,000 to support STEM education through FIRST Robotics in the region over the next three years. The funds from this coalition are designed to directly impact K-12 students in the local region, with the hope of inspiring students to pursue education and career pathways in STEM related fields. To learn more about the coalition, head to the Tech Valley First website.
GF and our partners firmly believe in the value of collaboration, “just as the success of our Fab 8 campus is a team effort, so is our approach to investing in the local community. I’m very excited to be working with these great partners as we look to make a significant impact on local STEM education,” said Dr. Thomas Caulfield, senior vice president and general manager at Fab 8. This past weekend’s event was the first step toward inspiring students.
Check out the photo album below to see the competition through GF volunteers’ eyes. Visit the Tech Valley Regional Robotics Competition website for 2015 award announcements and The Blue Alliance for a complete breakdown of match results and rankings. Congratulations to all who competed!