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iRobot Launches STEM Education Initiative
Sep 10, 2010
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iRobot Corp., maker of home robotic appliances as well as military robotics, will launch the “20 in 20” campaign to help excite young students about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects through robotics and inspire them to pursue STEM-related careers.

The campaign comes as part of iRobot’s 20-year anniversary in 2010. The program features a team of robot experts who will travel for 20 weeks giving hands-on demonstrations about robotic technology to K-12 students at 20 schools in the company's home state of Massachusetts.

"To ensure that America remains competitive in both math and science on the global stage, we need to reach our students early on by putting the technology in their hands so they can experience it firsthand,” said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot. “Our objective is to ensure that every student we encounter understands the considerable possibilities of robotics and careers in emerging STEM fields.”

iRobot’s 20 in 20 program is comprised of a team of two SPARK (Starter Programs for the Advancement of Robotics Knowledge) ambassadors who will deliver the presentations and will document their experiences on an interactive blog at: http://spark.irobot.com/20in20.

The program will make its first school visit on Sept. 20, 2010. Confirmed schools include:

• Sarah Greenwood School, Boston
• John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, Boston
• Madison Park High School, Boston
• Orchard Gardens Middle School, Boston
• H.J. Robinson Middle School, Lowell
• Nashoba Valley Technical High School, Westford
• Ahern Middle School, Foxborough
• Whelan Elementary School, Revere
• Garfield Middle School, Revere
• Bedford High School, Bedford
• Salemwood School, Malden
• Egremont Elementary School, Pittsfield
• Stem Middle Academy, Springfield
• High School of Science and Technology, Springfield
• Letourneau Elementary School, Fall River
• Abigail Adams Middle School, Weymouth
• Keith Middle School, New Bedford
• Douglas High School, Douglas
• Intermediate Elementary School, Douglas
• Worcester Public Schools

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