Milton, Columbus, Walton, Roswell and Kell High Schools Each Awarded $3,500 by WIT Foundation; Georgia FIRST Robotics program awarded $7,500

Atlanta – March 8, 2010 – Women in Technology’s  WIT Foundation is announcing today the winners of $25,000 in grants provided to local high schools to defray expenses of participating in the Peachtree Regional FIRST Robotics Competition and the Georgia FIRST Robotics program. The WIT Foundation is awarding Milton, Columbus, Walton, Roswell and Kell High Schools $3,500 each, and the Georgia FIRST Robotics program $7,500.

In addition to the team grants awarded, WIT is hosting the Girls Get IT Career Exploration Workshop on March 5 where technology leaders from top Georgia companies host small-group sessions to answer students’ questions about careers in technology.  WIT also serves as a sponsor of the Peachtree Regionals and Georgia FIRST.

 “WIT is a strong supporter of the Georgia FIRST Robotics program because of its proven results in providing a hands-on experience that sparks the interest of students to pursue higher education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math,” says Heather S. Rocker, executive director of Women in Technology.

“Because WIT is committed to developing the pipeline of future women in technology, through WIT Foundation, individual team grants were provided to those schools making a targeted effort to recruit and retain female students on their FIRST Robotics teams.”

More than 1,500 students from 7 Southeastern states and 50 custom-built robots will compete in the FIRST®(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Peachtree Regional Event.

About FIRST® –

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With the support of many of the world’s most well-known companies, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) for high-school students, FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) for children 9-14 years old, and Junior FIRST LEGO® League (Jr.FLL) for 6 to 9 year-olds.

About WIT and WIT Foundation

 WIT’s mission is to develop and promote women for success in technology in Georgia. WIT’s monthly WIT Forums feature nationally recognized speakers who address topics on leadership and professional advancement to support women in their technology careers while also providing a valuable networking opportunity. WIT delivers programs, such as WIT Executive Coaching and WIT Careers in Action, to enable members to hone their leadership skills and achieve visibility within the business community.

 WIT’s philanthropic and educational programs, such as Girls Get IT, provide outreach to educate and encourage girls and young women to pursue careers in science and technology. WIT has two annual premier events, WIT Connect, WIT’s annual fundraiser event, and WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards honoring the women who lead Georgia’s technology community. WIT is a founding society of the Technology Association of Georgia, an umbrella membership organization that serves the Georgia technology community. For more information on WIT and the WIT Foundation, WIT’s philanthropic arm, visit www.mywit.org.