Mouser Electronics continued its sponsorship with FIRST® Robotics Competition, which inspires innovation and fosters well-rounded life capabilities in thousands of young people every year. Almost 50,000 high-school students on nearly 3,000 teams from 30+ countries participate to learn, discover and solve engineering challenges through a series of virtual and live robotics events.
“Since Mouser’s humble beginnings, education has played a key role in our mission,” said Kevin Hess, Mouser’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. “We are very excited to be a strong supporter of the FIRST Robotics Competition since 2014. The organization gives students a platform for innovation, a chance to learn valuable engineering skills, and an opportunity to build character and self-esteem.”
For many years, Mouser has been a major supporter of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a leading student-serving nonprofit advancing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Mouser sponsors FIRST virtual and live competitions at the local, regional, state and international levels. Joining Mouser in the sponsorship is valued manufacturer partner Analog Devices, Inc.
The global authorized distributor sponsored the Kit of Parts (KoP) for the 2020–2021 season, and will be a major presenting co-sponsor of the FIRST in Texas — Texas Cup, planned for June 15–17 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Mouser also supports FIRST teams in its community, providing grants for local high school teams.
Each FIRST Robotics Competition team receives access to a KoP system — including motors, batteries, a control system, a PC and a mix of automation components — with no instructions. Teams have limited time to transform various parts into working robots designed to perform specific tasks.
Additionally, Mouser will continue its exclusive sponsorship of the Hall of Fame at FIRST Championships, which is expected to resume in 2022 with live events in Houston and Detroit. The Hall of Fame honors the winning teams of the esteemed Chairman’s Award, which rewards the teams who best exemplify the goals and values of FIRST.