HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior Vice President, Science and Technology Dr. J. Michael McQuade represented UTC at the 2009 Connecticut FIRST Robotics Competition, delivering a message about the value of science and innovation to 62 teams of high school students, representing nine U.S. states.
“We’re a company built on innovation and this principle dates back to our founders,” McQuade said, referencing the problem-solving discoveries of Willis Carrier and Elisha Otis. “Problem solving is exactly what each of you have done with your FIRST teammates and this is the same type of thinking that will make you successful in your careers down the road,” he told the students.
Nearly 2,500 people attended the science event, which took place at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. FIRST Robotics is a high school robotics tournament that challenges students to complete a major technical design challenge, competing for trophies, honors and awards in a spirited competition.
“UTC is pleased to be a long-time sponsor of this competition,” McQuade said. “In addition to today’s event, UTC sponsors nearly 30 FIRST teams in North America.”
UTC’s relationship with FIRST goes back to 1995, when the company began sponsoring teams. Today, UTC and its business units sponsor teams in the U.S. and Canada and the company sponsors the Connecticut Regional competition.
The primary goal of UTC’s support of FIRST is to inspire and support young people interested in careers in mathematics, science and engineering. This is directly aligned with UTC’s philanthropic goal of developing future engineers, researchers and finance professionals.
McQuade also recognized the more than 180 UTC employee volunteers who spend hours of their own time each year to support FIRST. UTC employees have volunteered 27,000 hours annually in support of FIRST in North America, both in working with high school students on their robots and in organizing regional competitions.