Bosch Thermotechnology sponsored the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition — New England (NE) District Championship on April 11-14 at Boston University’s Agganis Arena, demonstrating the company’s commitment to fostering STEM education initiatives to drive future innovation.

Under strict rules, limited resources and an intense six-week time limit, the competition challenges teams of students to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-sized robots. The competition culminates in a live event in which students pit their robots against like-minded competitors in difficult field games.

“Bosch Thermotechnology is proud to sponsor a competition in which younger leaders exercise their curiosity and experiment with science and technology,” Bosch Thermotechnology Corp. Vice President of Operations George Berg said. “Programs like FIRST Robotics are imperative to the future of engineering and technology.”

On Friday during the event, Bosch Thermotechnology sponsored a VIP lunch where different Bosch divisions were represented, including Bosch Power Tools, Bosch eBike Systems and Bosch Security. Each division embodies Bosch’s company-wide initiative to design and manufacture innovative, cutting-edge solutions.   

The NE District Championship is a qualifying round for the championship competitions in Houston and Detroit. Past championships rallied 16,500 youth, 770 teams and 33,000 attendees from 34 countries.