Community | February 20 2019

Farther than man has ever gone before!

NASA fulfilled that long-held dream in December when contact was made with an object more than 4 billion miles from earth. Back here on earth … it’s all systems go as FIRST Robotics students from around the world set their sights on the 2019 FIRST Robotics Championships April 24-27 at Detroit’s Cobo Center.

This year’s theme, Destination: Deep Space, will challenge these middle and high school students to dream big and and use their considerable coding, programming and engineering skills to accomplish their mission. Fueling their efforts, the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of FCA US LLC, has committed $535,000 to help teams offset their costs and sponsor the championship in Detroit.

In addition to the funding, some 96 FCA US employees will also serve as mentors and coaches to help make sure these students blast off for a successful championship. The FCA Foundation, a FIRST Founding Sponsor, has invested more than $3.4 million since 1995 to support FIRST programs in the U.S. and Canada.

Betty Newman

Hi, I’m Betty Carrier Newman. I know – three names! Just who does she think she is? I’m a native Michigander; therefore, I love all things outdoors, like hiking and off-roading. I work in Communications with the Digital Media team. Some days I produce video shoots, write scripts, voice and
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Hi, I’m Betty Carrier Newman. I know – three names! Just who does she think she is? I’m a native Michigander; therefore, I love all things outdoors, like hiking and off-roading. I work in Communications with the Digital Media team. Some days I produce video shoots, write scripts, voice and edit video for features to post to our corporate and social media sites. Other times I’m strategizing with the brands I support – Ram, Jeep and Corporate – to come up with attention-grabbing ways to tell their unique stories. Then there’s the travel - to places like Moab, Utah, and the Rubicon Trail in California - to shoot (and enjoy) awesome off-road adventure that I then turn into exciting videos to post on our sites. Routine? Definitely not in my world! Challenges, creativity, cool cars and trucks, exciting places – yeah, they’re in there! Oh, the three names? In an earlier life I was hired as the first major-market female TV co-anchor for the NBC affiliate in Detroit – Channel 4. My name was Betty Carrier back then – until I married and added the ‘Newman.’ That’s my story and, yes, I’m really enjoying my FCA ride!