Scientific Games Corporation has made a financial contribution to GEORGIA FIRST Robotics, the Georgia chapter of the global non-profit FIRST Robotics, which serves more than 520,000 students around the world by encouraging education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related fields. Students compete on teams in robotics exhibitions throughout the state.

“More than robots, GEORGIA FIRST Robotics is sports for the mind. Our programs help students gain the confidence to explore innovation while they learn valuable STEM, teamwork and problem-solving skills,” said Connie Hayes, executive director of GEORGIA FIRST Robotics. “On behalf of all of our students, instructors, mentors and parent volunteers, we thank Scientific Games for this generous donation.”

Scientific Games’ donation will help fund GEORGIA FIRST programs for students in grades K-12 from Forsyth County Schools, including Alliance Academy for Innovation, Forsyth Central High School, North Forsyth High School, South Forsyth High School, Sharon Elementary and West Forsyth High School.

“With our global lottery headquarters and technology center located just north of Atlanta, Scientific Games is committed to enhancing STEM education and experiences for our local students,” said Pat McHugh, group chief executive, lottery for Scientific Games. “We are honored to support an organization like GEORGIA FIRST Robotics that is inspiring and shaping future science and technology leaders and innovators right here in our own community.”

The company utilizes advanced robotics at its metro-Atlanta lottery instant game manufacturing facility in unique, complex processes that provide additional layers of game security, so that no one ever knows where winning tickets are located.

FIRST Robotics, the largest K-12 STEM organization worldwide, is a mentor-based program offering students the opportunity to work alongside experts in the fields of engineering, design, marketing, business planning, branding and programming. Participants are 66 percent more likely to attend college on a full-time bases, with 89 percent of FIRST Robotics alumni studying STEM in college or becoming STEM professionals.