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Siemon Donation Supports Youth in FIRSTŪ Robotics Competition

January 12, 2016. Watertown, CT - Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, is pleased to announce its recent donation to the FIRSTŪ Robotics Competition, a global high-school program that provides students with a real-world engineering experience. FIRSTŪ (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) is an international, K-12 not-for-profit founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

In the FIRST Robotics Competition, more than 3,100 teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors-all under strict rules, limited resources and time limits. Siemon's contribution of more than 3,000 Ethernet patch cords are part of the generous donations that help ensure FIRST participants received the best experience possible. The patch cords were included alongside a variety of switches, controllers, motors, circuit breakers, connectors and other electronic components in the 2016 Kit of Parts, the competition's kick-off kit provided to each participating team at FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff on Saturday, January 9, 2016, which marked the beginning of their design and build season.

"Siemon is excited and grateful to be able to support FIRST with this donation and help some of our nation's best and brightest high school students become the next generation of engineering and technology professionals," says John Siemon, vice president of global operations and chief technology officer for Siemon.

The catalyst for this donation was John Siemon's active involvement with the Yale Science and Engineering Association (YSEA), whose strategic alliance with FIRST includes regional and national support of teams and events through its members. Noted for its philosophy of cooperative competition, FIRST relies heavily on the generous donations and extensive network of corporations, educational and professional institutions, foundations and individuals. According to FIRST, the funding, mentorship time and talent, volunteers and equipment donated by these organizations and individuals are vital to ensuring that FIRST continues to grow and fulfill its mission of inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders.

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About Siemon
Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specializing in the design and manufacture of high quality, high performance IT infrastructure solutions and services for Data Centers, LANs and Intelligent Buildings. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global sales, technical and logistics expertise spanning 100 countries, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suites of copper and optical fiber cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management, data center power and cooling systems and Intelligent Infrastructure Management solutions. With more than 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and the development of Industry Standards, underlining the company's long-standing commitment to its customers and the industry. Through an ongoing commitment to waste and energy reduction, Siemon's environmental sustainability benchmarks are unparalleled in the industry, including 179% global carbon negativity and zero-landfill status
Siemon Interconnect Solutions (SIS) is a Siemon business unit comprised of a team of dedicated technical sales professionals supported by Siemon Labs, mechanical, electrical and signal integrity engineers committed to solving industry and customer driven interconnect challenges. We provide custom network infrastructure solutions to: OEM's, Leading Manufacturers, Value-Added Resellers and System Integrators.
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