FIRST LEGO League gets new global sponsor

Machinery manufacturing company John Deere is a new global sponsor for FIRST LEGO League.

FIRST LEGO League is the successful coding competition that sees schools around the world encourage students to compete in teams. John Deere, the manufacturing company, is increasing its annual support to $850,000 per year, to help support events, programs, employee volunteer engagement and other initiatives.

“John Deere’s support assists FIRST in inspiring innovators and increasing access to STEM literacy for young people,” says Pat Barnes, global program director, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) & youth education, at Deere. “This includes encouraging participation in STEM curriculum for students who are underserved and underrepresented.”

The 2019-2020 FIRST LEGO League CITY SHAPERS Challenge began in August, asking entrants to complete a city-themed challenge that has been designed in partnership with architects and engineers.

“John Deere exemplifies what we look for in our strategic partners,” says Donald E. Bossi, president of FIRST. “We’re fortunate to have the support of John Deere’s leadership and workforce in inspiring and engaging young people to innovate and help solve global challenges. Together, FIRST and John Deere are building a better future.”

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