WASHINGTON, D.C.—Battelle recently donated $10,000 to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Foundation (AUVSI) to support educational robotics initiatives.
The AUVSI Foundation's robotics competitions have captured the imagination of students, industry, and the public around the world. Since the competitions began, more than $1.2 million has been awarded to students in prize money. The events vary in the challenges and settings in which they take place—air, land, sea and sub-sea. They attract students from around the world, serving as a technological pipeline of sorts for the real-world robotics industry.
“It is a great pleasure to represent Battelle and deliver this support for AUVSI Foundation’s robotics education initiatives” said Rear Admiral Fred Byus, Vice President for Battelle’s Navy and Special Operations Market Sector. “Their efforts are helping to build the technical workforce the future needs, and this is exactly the type of initiative Battelle has become known for world-wide.”
Battelle’s donation supports the Foundation’s efforts to provide for and attract more students to the field of robotics and with the belief that “hands-on” activities provide much-needed opportunities to enhance traditional classroom teaching.
As the world’s largest, independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management, National Security, Energy Technology, and Health and Life Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting over $6 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle’s 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including seven national laboratories which Battelle manages or co-manages for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science and math education.
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