Multi-dimensional learning experience allows students to focus on art, technology and STEAM career paths
Mich. – Switch, the global technology infrastructure corporation that develops hyperscale data center ecosystems for enterprise colocation, differentiated multi-cloud, and industry-leading telecommunications solutions and FIRST in Michigan® today announced that Switch is sponsoring FIRST® Robotics teams from across Michigan, including Grand Rapids, Petoskey, Detroit and Flint, to attend a STEAM education field trip to Project 1 by ArtPrize on Saturday, September 7th, 2019. The partnership presents FIRST teams the opportunity to explore the intersection of art and technology and STEAM career paths.
The event, part of an ongoing relationship with Switch, ArtPrize and FIRST, provides students the opportunity to meet with Project 1 artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, who’s work regularly integrates technologies such as robotics, computerized surveillance and telematic networks.
The FIRST students will also explore STEAM career pathways at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University and Grand Rapids Community College as part of the field trip experience.
“From the creation of the first STEAM Lab at Art Prize in 2017, to this partnership with FIRST and Project 1, Switch is committed to supporting opportunities that develop a pipeline of tech talent in Michigan and teaches students critical skills for future workforce development,” said Adam Kramer, Switch Executive Vice President of Strategy.
“Switch has been a tremendous partner in creatively expanding opportunities for our FIRST in Michigan teams to experience the importance of STEAM education,” said Gail Albert, FIRST in Michigan President. “Through events like this, our students will benefit from a holistic strategy to understand how the integration of technology and art helps prepare them for the jobs of the future, all values supported by FIRST Robotics.”
Switch Founder and CEO Rob Roy became involved with FIRST to increase awareness around careers in technology, particularly among underrepresented groups such as women and minorities. Educational partnership with FIRST and Project 1 advances these goals.
Switch (NYSE: SWCH), the technology infrastructure corporation headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada is built on the intelligent and sustainable growth of the Internet. Switch founder and CEO Rob Roy has developed more than 500 issued and pending patent claims covering data center designs that have manifested into the company’s world-renowned data centers and technology solutions.
The Switch PRIMES, located in Las Vegas and Tahoe Reno, Nevada; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Atlanta, Georgia (opening in Q4 2019) are the world’s most powerful hyperscale data center campus ecosystems with low latency to major U.S. markets. Visit switch.com for more information.
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 over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $80 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST®LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. 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 to www.firstinspires.org.