MARCY — SUNY Polytechnic Institute was named a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Affiliate Partner for the expanded New York Excelsior Region including over 110 teams of students in grades 7-12 throughout a majority of New York counties, SUNY Poly announced.
FIRST refers to For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, and includes robotics programs.
The New York Excelsior FIRST Tech Challenge will now encompass all of the state’s counties except Long Island and New York City’s five boroughs. As Affiliate Partner for all levels of FIRST, SUNY Poly grows and fosters teams of grade K-12 students throughout the state and holds robotics tournaments both on campus and statewide, the college noted.
The tournament season will run December through March and regularly attracts students to SUNY Poly who are interested in pursuing a career in the STEM field, the college said.
“This expansion is a testament to the commitment and quality of all the FIRST at SUNY Poly robotics tournaments that our institution has been producing for over a decade,” said SUNY Poly interim Provost Steven Schneider.
“Our goal is to establish a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) pipeline by inspiring and assisting pre-collegiate students in gaining valuable engineering, programming, and teamwork skills. This pipeline is creating a long-lasting and beneficial impact within the fabric of New York state, helping direct FIRST participants into STEM-rich colleges and, ultimately, into high-demand STEM careers,” the SUNY
SUNY Poly “looks forward to engaging these 1,000 technically dynamic middle and high school students within our Excelsior FTC Region, and sharing the diverse range of STEM-related areas of study that SUNY Poly can offer them,” said SUNY Poly FIRST Partner Representative Tina Betz.