Robotics teams from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas descended on the campus of Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, LA to compete to be the winner of the Dow Red Stick Rumble, an off-season FIRST® (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition and Festival. The public event was free of charge, demonstrating how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can change lives and motivate students. Attendees were treated to high school and middle school students competing with robots varying in size from small toaster sized bots through those that are over five feet tall and 120lbs.
As a Strategic Sponsor of FIRST® Robotics and the Title Sponsor of the Dow Red Stick Rumble, The Dow Chemical Company is working to improve the infrastructure of STEM throughout Louisiana and the nation. As part of Dow’s STEMtheGAP™ initiative, the Dow and FIRST partnership is aligned to the Company’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) mission of building the workforce of tomorrow by empowering educators, motivating student achievement, developing careers, and collaborating with communities to transform STEM education into a driver for innovation, manufacturing, and economic prosperity.
“Dow has survived and thrived for more than a century because of the strength of our innovation engine, built on a foundation of STEM talent,” said Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and CEO of Dow. “Investing in the education of our youth means investing in our shared future and the future of our Company. There is no better way to inspire children to pursue careers in STEM than through the hands-on project based learning experiences that FIRST provides.”
Recognized by as a premier STEMworks program by Change the Equation, FIRST® Robotics, founded by inventor Dean Kamen, is an international sanctioning organization for robotics competitions that allows students to compete for awards and scholarships based on their robotics team performance, community service, and business acumen.