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HOUSTON - June 27, 2018 - The Baker Hughes Foundation announces a grant of $250,000 to FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Global, sharpening our focus on causes where our charitable contributions, expertise and volunteers can do the most good around the world.

FIRST Global builds on the proven success of its sister organization, FIRST, to inspire science and technology through robotics and competition. FIRST Global organizes a yearly international robotics challenge, The FIRST Global Challenge, to ignite a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among youth across the world.

“FIRST Global is a driving force in educational innovation. As it aspires to reach all youth, whatever their background and wherever they live, who share the dream of invention, I’m proud that we too align our resources to unlock the potential in each individual.” Harry Elsinga, Chief Human Resources Officer.  The theme for the 2018 robotics competition is Energy Impact, which will explore real-world energy challenges surrounding electrical grid connectivity and the role of diverse sources of energy. Teams of students aged 14-18 years old from over 180 countries are confirmed to participate in the championship in Mexico City on August 15-18, 2018.

The Baker Hughes Foundation is a nonprofit corporation and philanthropic arm of Baker Hughes, a GE company. For 25 years, the Baker Hughes Foundation has been the cornerstone of charitable giving and employee volunteer programs. In 2018, our dedication to affect positive change continues with new philanthropic priorities, as championed by each member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, respectively: Brian Worrell (Health), Harry Elsinga (Education), Jen Hartsock (Equality), and Will Marsh (Environment).