"As GE is transforming into a Digital Industrial, we want to ignite the minds of our future,"
James Fowler, CIO for GE


Lima, OH – March 28, 2016 – Today GE announced a donation of $25,000 to the Van Wert High School Robotics Club, giving students in the area the opportunity to participate in robotics and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities.

“As math and science jobs become increasingly important to our economic future, GE is committed to educating and inspiring students of all ages in STEM related activities,” said James Fowler, CIO for GE and one of three Van Wert High School alumni currently working in IT at GE.  “The Van Wert Robotics Club has created a unique and powerful program for local students which is opening the eyes of youth in the area to STEM-related courses and ultimately careers.”

The Van Wert Robotics Club, established just five years ago, is recognized for its impact through local competitions, including bringing home the top award in the Northeast Regional Competition in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Inspire Award is given to a team that is able to communicate their experiences, enthusiasm and knowledge to other teams, sponsors and the community. 

“Our club and students are grateful for the donation from GE as we continue to grow the program, allowing more students the opportunity to participate in this unique academic club,” said Bob Spath, coach of the Van Wert Robotics club. 

“As we continue to compete across the region and state, we remain focused on encouraging the next generation of team members and expanding the STEM story to students of all ages,” added Zane McElroy, also Coach for the club.  

GE Donates to Robotics Club

The donation to Van Wert is part of a larger GE initiative to partner with organizations dedicated to educating youth about the opportunities that exist now and in the future across STEM-related fields.   

“As GE is transforming into a Digital Industrial, we want to ignite the minds of our future,” continued Fowler.  “It is my hope that the talent coming out of the Van Wert Robotics Club and similar programs across the country bring their passion for science into the workforce as they begin their careers.”  

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