Bristol-Myers Squibb Supports Area Robotics Teams

Thursday, March 1, 2007 8:00 am EST



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LAWRENCEVILLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) today announced grants totaling $82,900 to support robotics teams at six central New Jersey school districts that will compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition.

In addition to providing monetary grants to each team, Bristol-Myers Squibb engineers, scientists and other volunteers work as mentors with the students and teachers at each school.

“To many Bristol-Myers Squibb employees, offering support to a FIRST robotics team is both personally and professionally rewarding. In addition to knowing that our company is helping build a new generation of engineers and scientists, many of us are fortunate to be able to spend time mentoring these extraordinary young people," said David S. Carle, director, Strategic Planning, Global Engineering, Bristol-Myers Squibb and mentor to the Hightstown robotics team. “Not only do the students benefit, but every year our mentors feel they gain a great deal by working with the students."

The New Jersey teams sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb are Allentown High School, Hightstown High School, Hopewell Valley Central High School, Montgomery High School, North Brunswick Township High School and Trenton Central High School.

The FIRST Robotics Competition stages short games played by remote-controlled robots, each designed and built by high school teams in six weeks from a common set of basic parts. After piloting the robots in the field, teams compete in regional events. A multinational championship event is held at the end of the season at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

FIRST Robotics Competitions aim to spark interest among students in science and technology. Teams are rewarded for excellence in design and ability to overcome obstacles, as well as demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism and maturity.

Through a $30,000 grant to the New York/New Jersey Chapter of FIRST, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is also a primary underwriter of the regional FIRST competition to be held at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton on March 1-3.

Bristol-Myers Squibb has supported robotics teams since 1997. More than 30 Bristol-Myers Squibb volunteers give their time to help mentor and support the robotics teams each year. Including the grants announced today, Bristol-Myers Squibb has committed more than $300,000 since 1997 to robotics teams through its community grants program, in addition to in-kind contributions.

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global pharmaceutical and related health care products company whose mission is to extend and enhance human life. With central New Jersey serving as host to the largest concentration of Bristol-Myers Squibb employees and facilities in the world, the company is committed to giving back to its New Jersey communities in a variety of ways, including philanthropic grants, employee service on community, governmental and non-profit boards, and as volunteers for worthwhile causes. These activities reflect the company's pledge to be a conscientious citizen, lending support to worthwhile causes and constructive action.

Additional FIRST information and competition rules are available at


Steffanie Archbald, 609-252-6606

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