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MIT and First Ally to Encourage STEM Educational Careers


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For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are collaborating on a program designed to encourage K-12 students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. FIRST and MIT are exploring a number of opportunities, including an after-school robotics program. The MIT Alumni Association plans to recruit its members in the STEM community to serve as FIRST coaches, mentors, volunteers, and sponsors.

"This synergistic relationship with FIRST and its dedication to attracting and inspiring students with an interest in science and technology clearly puts the intellectual energy of the MIT community to work where it is needed the most, [toward] igniting the minds of young people," says MIT Alumni Association CEO Judith M. Cole.

The ultimate goal of the partnership is to get more K-12 students interested in learning math and science and pursuing STEM-related careers.

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