One day after the big reveal of Episode IX, Disney and Lucas’s affiliate announced that they will donate $ 1.5 million to FIRST . The nonprofit group was founded by Dean Kamen in 1989 to help teach STEM through initiatives like robotics competitions.
The Disney money will go towards providing education and outreach to underserved communities that FIRST focuses on. Details are very scant on what the partnership will entail, but Disney certainly has a lot to gain from this kind of outreach, and Lucasfilm knows a thing or two about robots.
The announcement for Star Wars: Force for Change was made in conjunction with Lucasfilm’s annual Star Wars Chicago celebration. Yesterday, the event hosted a panel with the cast of the upcoming film that included a trailer and a title reveal.
“Star Wars has always inspired young people to look beyond what is and imagine a world beyond,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement related to the news. “It is crucial that we transmit the importance of science and technology to young people, they will be the ones who will have to face the global challenges that lie ahead. To support this effort, Lucasfilm and Disney are partnering with FIRST to provide learning and mentoring opportunities to the next generation of innovators. “
It has been a good week for the first investments. Yesterday, Amazon announced its own commitment to the group’s robotics offerings.