SAIC Pledges Sponsorship to FIRST
FIRST News Release
MANCHESTER, N.H., January 11, 2010 - Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) announced today that it has launched an enterprise-wide program to help inspire, engage and educate students in K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. To help kick off this long-term nationwide effort, the company has formed a strategic relationship with FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), providing a $600,000 sponsorship.
FIRST works to inspire students from kindergarten through high school to be science and technology leaders. The organization hosts events including robotics competitions at local, regional and national levels, engaging students in mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, and encourage innovation.
Through participation in FIRST, employee volunteers across the nation from SAIC and other companies can encourage the development of problem solving, critical thinking, and creative and innovative reasoning skills in students K-12, and provide them with a foundation and proven path to college, and career success in STEM-related fields.
"The number of students entering STEM disciplines is too low to meet future U.S. needs," said Walt Havenstein, SAIC chief executive officer and FIRST board member. "Industry can play a critical role in helping address this shortfall. Not only does SAIC rely on a STEM-educated workforce, our customers and our nation do, as well. It is what drives our economy."
As part of SAIC’s initiative, the company is also launching a more robust employee volunteerism program that will help SAIC reinforce and enhance its existing STEM activities and participate in new STEM efforts across the United States.
"Many SAIC employees have been donating their time and talents helping to inspire, engage and educate students in STEM-related activities. I applaud those actions and I have committed SAIC to redoubling our effort," said Havenstein. "We also look forward to helping our FIRST and PLTW partners work closer together as we combine efforts to coach and encourage our future science and technology leaders."
SAIC is a FORTUNE 500® scientific, engineering and technology applications company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure, and health. The company’s approximately 45,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. Headquartered in McLean, Va., SAIC had annual revenues of $10.1 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2009. For more information, visit www.saic.com. SAIC: From Science to Solutions®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and nearly $12 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious ProfessionalismT is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.
FIRST® is a registered trademark of the United States Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (US FIRST).
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