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Exciting Announcement

Exciting Announcement

Rockwell Automation to Acquire Plex Systems

The Plex Smart Manufacturing Grant Application

We are committed to improving the pipeline of STEM professionals in the manufacturing industry. That’s why we are partnering with FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators. We are pleased to offer the Plex Smart Manufacturing Grant for FRC and FTC (FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge) teams for the 2021-2022 season. These programs help students design, program, and build robots starting with a standard kit of parts and common set of rules to compete in an alliance format against other teams.

Please submit one application for each team you wish to be considered for a Plex Smart Manufacturing Grant. Applications can be submitted by team participants, parents, mentors, coaches, sponsors, etc.

The deadline to apply for The Plex Smart Manufacturing Grant is Sept. 30, 2021. Teams will be notified of their grant status within 30 days of their completed application.


  • Teams must be associated with a school or 501(c)3 non-profit organization (e.g., Girl Scouts of America, Boys & Girls Club, 4-H).
  • Teams must apply and get approval for the grant prior to paying for registration for the 2021-2022 season. Please register with FIRST prior to applying for this grant because every submission requires a team number to process.
  • Teams must have a parent, mentor, or coach who works in the manufacturing industry.

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