The Westminster School, Milton, Columbus, Howard, North Atlanta and Kell High Schools Each Awarded $3,000 by WIT Foundation; Georgia FIRST Robotics program awarded $10,000

Atlanta, GA – February 7, 2011 – Women in Technology’s  WIT Foundation is announcing today the winners of $28,000 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 The Westminster School, Milton, Columbus, Howard, North Atlanta and Kell High Schools $3,000 each, and the Georgia FIRST Robotics program $10,000.

In addition to the team grants awarded, WIT plans to host a Girls Get IT Career Exploration Workshop on March 18 open to any female participants in the Peachtree Regional competition. During the workshop, technology leaders from top Georgia companies will host small-group sessions to answer students’ questions about careers in technology. In 2010, approximately 70 girls attended WIT’s Girls Get IT event at the Peachtree Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. WIT also serves as a sponsor of the Peachtree Regional competition and Georgia FIRST.

“The WIT Foundation and Georgia FIRST Robotics share the goal of engaging female students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math,” says  Lisa Clancey, chair, WIT Foundation Giving Committee. “The WIT Foundation is excited to continue its support of Georgia FIRST Robotics and to sponsor individual teams that actively engage girls in this unique ‘hands-on, minds-on’ experience.”

This year, 49 teams from seven states are competing 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 support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $14 million in college scholarships, 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 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL™) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go towww.usfirst.org.

About WIT Foundation

Founded in 2004, the WIT Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports the philanthropic aims of WIT, Inc. The WIT Foundation focuses on pre-career programs, awarding cash grants to area organizations and non-profits focusing on girls and STEM.

WIT starts early guiding women in technology toward success, and the WIT Foundation-created Girls Get IT program is a perfect example. WIT creates a community of middle and high school girls, partners them with local professional women in technology, then helps them make informed decisions about careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

About Women in Technology (WIT)

WIT’s mission is to serve as passionate advocates for advancing women in Georgia’s technology community. Each year, more than 1,000 thought leaders and professionals attend WIT Forums, WIT’s leadership and networking series.  WIT delivers professional development programs, such as WIT Executive Readiness 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.

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