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CL&P and Yankee Gas Award Grants to 26 FIRST Robotics High School Teams

MEDIA CONTACT: Mitch Gross, CL&P Karen Samide, Yankee Gas
Office: (860) 665-5221 (860) 665-5353
After Hours: (800) 789-2290 (800) 789-2290

BERLIN, Conn. - March 02, 2011 - 

Twenty-six high school teams from Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and Yankee Gas' service territories have been awarded a total of $18,000 in grants to help fund their efforts in the upcoming 2011 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Northeast Utilities FIRST Connecticut Regional. In January, teams were invited to apply for the grants.

"We had twice as many applications from teams this year, compared to 2010, and they were from across the state," said Jeff Butler, president and chief operating officer, CL&P. "It is not only great to see so many students showing an interest in the event, but what I find even more exciting is their interest in what is often referred to as "STEM" - science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These are skills that are vital to this country's future."

Applications were judged on team diversity, what types of fundraising the teams were involved with, how these teams have helped mentor other FIRST Robotics teams, and commitment and involvement in community service.

One team has been awarded a $3,000 grant, five teams have been awarded $1,000 grants and another 20 are each getting $500 grants. The recipients are:

  • $3,000, CyberKnights - Southington High School
  • $1,000, Birds of Prey - Hartford Public High School and Pathways to Technology Magnet School, Hartford
  • $1,000, Granby Grunts - Granby Memorial High School and Granby Memorial Middle School
  • $1,000, Operation PEACCE - a 4-H/JC Penney Youth Robotics Team - Explorations Charter School, Winsted
  • $1,000, Nuts and Bolts of Fury - John F. Kennedy High School, Waterbury
  • $1,000, E.C. Goodwin Junkyard Battalion - E.C. Goodwin Vocational Technical School, New Britain
  • $500, Team 155 - Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, Berlin High School and C.M. McGee Middle School, Berlin
  • $500, Robotics and Gadget Engineering (R.A.G.E.) - East Hartford High School, Rockville High School, Connecticut IB Academy, East Hartford, Tolland High School, Cheney Technical High School, Manchester and Bolton High School
  • $500, Team Paragon - Windsor High School, Cheney Technical High School, Manchester and Metropolitan Learning Center, Bloomfield
  • $500, Aces High 176 - Suffield High School and Windsor Locks High School
  • $500, Team 177 - UTC Power/Ensign Bickford Aerospace & Defense and South Windsor High School
  • $500, The Gaelhawks - Shelton High School
  • $500, Black Magic - Watertown High School
  • $500, Who's CTEKS - Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Falls Village
  • $500, The UberBots - Avon High School
  • $500, Robocats - Bacon Academy, Colchester
  • $500, Ledyard Cyber Colonels - Ledyard High School
  • $500, Litchbots - Litchfield High School
  • $500, The Dragons - University High School of Science and Engineering, Hartford
  • $500, Panther Project - Pomperaug High School, Southbury
  • $500, Apple Pi Robotics - Guilford High School
  • $500, Aluminum Falcons - Robert E. Fitch Senior High School, Groton
  • $500, Team Beta - Nonnewaug High School, Woodbury
  • $500, Pirates of the Pythagorean - Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science
  • $500, FIRST Team Alchemy - Oliver Wolcott Technical High School, Torrington and Emmett O'Brien Technical High School, Ansonia
  • $500, TechTigers - UTC, JC Penney, 4-H and Mercy High School, Middletown

Over 1,500 high school students are expected to compete in the 2011 FIRST Competition Northeast Utilities FIRST Connecticut Regional, March 31 - April 2 at Hartford's Connecticut Convention Center. Northeast Utilities, CL&P and Yankee Gas' parent company, is the title sponsor.

Yankee Gas is Connecticut's largest natural gas distribution company, delivering clean, efficient, safe and reliable natural gas to more than 205,000 customers in 71 cities and towns. Yankee Gas is a Northeast Utilities company (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit www.yankeegas.com.

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