PMMI Member Companies Rally Behind Student Teams for the FIRST Robotics Challenges

Sponsorships from PMMI member companies elevate student teams in FIRST Robotics Competitions.

Herndon, Va.; May 24, 2024 — In an inspiring display of support for the next generation of innovators, members of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, have joined forces to sponsor student teams in two FIRST Robotics Competitions — the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge. These competitions provide high school students with invaluable opportunities to develop and showcase their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The FIRST Robotics Competitions offer an exceptional platform for students to develop critical skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership while gaining hands-on experience in engineering projects. By providing resources, mentorship, and financial assistance, PMMI member companies are investing in the future workforce, helping to create a memorable and nurturing environment where students can explore their interest in robotics, engineering, and science as well as potential career paths within packaging and processing and with PMMI member companies.

Through the PMMI U Skills Fund, PMMI matched all the funds from these member companies, ensuring their contributions went even further in helping these teams advance in the competitions.

PMMI member companies have generously sponsored the following teams, enabling them to compete and excel in these prestigious events:

FIRST Robotics Competition:
• Techno Titans 1683, sponsored by Nordson Corporation
• Tech For Kids 3990, sponsored by NJM Packaging
• Sabre Robotics 6045, sponsored by Massman Automation
• CIS Robotics 4607, sponsored by Delta ModTech
• Team Rush 27, sponsored by Applied Manufacturing Technologies
• Malvern Prep 1168, sponsored by All-Fill Inc.
• MadTown Robotics 1323, sponsored by ADCO Manufacturing
• RoboHawks 346, sponsored by Blueprint Automation (BPA)

FIRST Tech Challenge:
• Hawk Robotics — The Ryken Force19460, sponsored by Econocorp, Inc.

These teams have demonstrated remarkable creativity, teamwork, and technical prowess throughout the competition season.

"We are incredibly proud of the dedication and achievements of these student teams and the exceptional support of our member companies," said Kate Fiorianti, director of Workforce Development at PMMI. "Their support not only empowers these students to reach their potential but also underscores our industry's commitment to education, raising awareness of careers in the industry and opportunities with our member companies."

The FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge are international competitions that inspire young people to be leaders in science and technology by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build STEM skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

For more information about PMMI and its initiatives through The PMMI Foundation to support education and workforce development, please visit

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents more than 1,000 manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components, and materials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry. We work to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through the world-class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, leading trade media, and a wide range of resources to empower our members. The PACK EXPO trade shows unite the world of packaging and processing to advance the industries they serve: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, PACK EXPO East, PACK EXPO Southeast, EXPO PACK México, and EXPO PACK Guadalajara. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest solutions, trends and innovations in packaging and processing year-round through brands including Packaging World, ProFood World, Healthcare Packaging, OEM, Contract Manufacturing and Packaging, Mundo EXPO PACK, and the Emerging Brands Alliance. PMMI Business Drivers assist members in pursuing operational excellence through workforce development initiatives, deliver actionable business intelligence on economic, market, and industry trends to support members' growth strategies, and actively connect the supply chain throughout the year.

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