GlobalFoundries on Friday announced the formation of a coalition of technology companies that will pledge $486,000 over the next three years to support STEM education.
The coalition includes the semiconductor manufacturer and a number of the company’s supply chain partners at its Fab 8 campus, including Applied Materials, ASML, KLA Tencor, Lam Research, Mattson Technology, M+W Group, PDF Solutions, SCREEN Semiconductor Solutions and Turner Construction. More companies are expected to participate.
Together the companies will support local science, technology, engineering and math programs through FIRST robotics. The regional FIRST robotics competition will take place at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy next Thursday through Saturday.
FIRST is a national nonprofit organization to inspire STEM interest in students in grades K-12.
GlobalFoundries has pledged $25,000 per year for the next three years to support the program. Its supply companies are expected to raise the rest.
“Our goal is to better prepare Tech Valley’s workforce for tomorrow by supporting education and workforce development with the hope of inspiring students to pursue education and career pathways in STEM-related fields,” said Thomas Caulfield, GlobalFoundries’ senior vice president and general manager of Fab 8.