BASF donates $5,000 to Central Middle School

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - BASF recently presented a $5,000 donation to Central Middle School in Gonzales to launch a junior robotics team that will compete in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) LEGO League.

BASF is piloting the program at Central. The goal is to expand the program to other middle schools in Ascension Parish.

"Robotics is an exciting field that challenges students to combine academics and creativity in team projects that have a direct link to real-world industry applications," said Tom Yura, BASF's senior vice president and manager. "Helping to create and mentor these robotics teams is a great example of how industry can support STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists, researchers, inventors and innovators."

Employees will mentor the students. Students who participate in the high school Ascension Robotics team will also support the junior team as mentors, helping to develop a legacy of students who are engaged in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities in the area.

The FIRST LEGO League is for students ages 9 to 14 created to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable employment and life skills.

This is the latest initiative in the company's ongoing effort to promote STEM.  The company also sponsors the FIRST Robotics team of Ascension Parish high school students based at East Ascension High School.

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