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Advancing STEM Education

UTC wants to inspire students to embrace science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We support the development of the next generation of engineers, scientists and finance professionals by sponsoring primary school to university-level programs that spark students’ interest and inspire innovation.

Our program also focuses on promoting opportunities for minorities and women to pursue careers in engineering and research.

FIRST. UTC’s partnership with FIRST (For Inspiration and of Science and Technology) supports the company’s dedication to math and science education and our corporate focus on innovation. As a sponsor of the national and Connecticut regional FIRST Robotics Competitions, our engineers serve as coaches and mentors, for middle school and high school students as they design and build robots to compete in a game that combines engineering with sporting event excitement. In 2010, our mentor program grew to include nearly 75 student teams across North America. Learn more at UTC.com/FIRST. 

Junior Achievement. In 2009, UTC provided Junior Achievement with a $1.3 million grant to rewrite the fifth grade curriculum for students in the United States to include STEM skills. The grant was a part of a three-year project and our long-term partnership. Junior Achievement programs are delivered in the classroom by volunteers -- from UTC, from local businesses, and from the community at large -- who provide career guidance and mentoring to students. Nationally, 700 UTC employees volunteer each year with the organization.

Mystic Aquarium. In 2010, UTC donated $1 million to help build and renovate the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to deep sea oceanographic archaeology and exploration. Set to open in 2012, the Mystic Aquarium’s new Ocean Exploration Center in the town of Mystic, Connecticut will feature the history of human undersea exploration. Read more about the project in CR in Depth.

Additional STEM investments include partnerships with A.C.E. Mentor Program, Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair, Center for Excellence in Education, Connecticut Invention Convention, Academy of Engineering and Green Technology at Hartford High School, Connecticut Science Center and more.

Employees volunteer in the classroom to teach Junior Achievement lessons in STEM and business.