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Gates Corporation Inspires Next Generation of Innovators as Diamond Supplier of the FIRST® Robotics Competition


Gates Corporation has joined forces with FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest in science and technology.

Denver, CO, March 04, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Gates Corporation has joined forces with FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, as a Diamond Supplier of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC®).

The Power Transmission unit of Gates Corporation invited teams to select belt drives as part of the 2010 FRC Kit of Parts, which was distributed to more than 1,800 teams of high-school students on January 9, 2010.

“Gates Corporation’s participation as a Diamond Supplier furthers our goal to inspire energy and enthusiasm for science and technology,” said FIRST president, Paul R. Gudonis. “It clearly demonstrates their local and national commitment to play a leadership role in STEM education and workforce development by helping students gain the technology and life skills that will help them succeed in their future careers.”

By providing components for the competition, FIRST suppliers are putting the latest technology in the hands of students, giving them the opportunity to apply the same tools used by professional scientists and engineers and ultimately helping them learn real-world skills they will carry into the workplace.

More than 45,000 students from 12 countries will design and build robots to compete in regional events with winners advancing to the FIRST Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, April 15-17, 2010. Participating students are eligible to apply for nearly $12 million in scholarships offered by leading universities, colleges, and companies, including Gates Corporation.

About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.

About Gates Corporation
Gates Corporation is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial and automotive products, systems and components with operations in 33 countries. Gates maintains sales and marketing operations in every major industrial and automotive market, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Gulf Region. Gates is part of the Industrial & Automotive group of Tomkins plc, a global engineering group listed on both the London (TOMK) and New York (TKS) stock exchanges, and with revenue of $5.5 billion in 2008. For more information, visit www.gates.com or email info@gates.com.

FIRST® and FRC® are registered trademarks of the United States Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (US FIRST).

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