students were among 24 Connecticut high school teams from Connecticut Light & Power and Yankee Gas' service territories awarded a total of $15,500 in grants to help fund their efforts in the upcoming 2012 For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics Competition Northeast Utilities FIRST Connecticut Regional.
In January, teams were invited to apply for the grants. Applications were judged on team diversity, what types of fundraising the teams were involved with, how these teams have helped mentor other FIRST Robotics teams, and commitment and involvement in community service.
The Mercy TechTigers of Middletown were awarded $500.
More than 1,500 high school students are expected to compete in the 2012 Connecticut FIRST Robotics Competition, March 29-31 at Hartford's Connecticut Convention Center.