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Ford Springbots FIRST Robotics World Championship
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The Springbots, a team consisting on eight South African
youngsters aged 15-18, nabbed the Rookie Inspiration Award at the FIRST
Robotics World Championships in Detroit last month. The team is funded in part
by Ford Motor Company
of Southern Africa, who helped pay the way for the team to make it to the
United States for the competition.

“We are honored to have represented South Africa at the
Championships and would like to thank Ford for truly giving us mobility by
enabling us to travel to the U.S. as the first team from South Africa to participate
at the FIRST Robotics World Championships,” said Springbots Team Manager
Roxanne Reddy.

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Though the Springbots were marking their first appearance at
the FIRST Robotics World Championships, this was not their first rodeo. In March,
the team took home the Rookie All-Star Award at a competition in Sydney,
Australia. The Springbots also oversee a mentorship program, #STEMSquad, to help
offer tutelage to underprivileged children. The effort to provide disadvantaged
kids with an introduction to the fields of science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics has paid off to the extent that three of the tutees are now
members of the team.

“Ford is a company founded on the concept of innovation
and mobility, and we are delighted to have been able to support this
initiative,” said Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa Managing Director
Neale Hill. “The fact that this program incorporates a significant
community involvement from the Springbots makes it even more appealing.”

The annual FIRST Robotics World Championships brings in
teams from around the globe and pits their robots against challenges meant to
test their capabilities. FIRST, which stands for Ford Inspiration and Recognition
of Science and Technology, was founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen in 1989.

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