Rome's UTC Aerospace Systems is presenting a $5,000 donation to students from the Mohawk Valley's inaugural FIRST robotics challenge team.

FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology and is an international competition for high school students in robotics.

The Mohawk Valley team is made up of ten New Hartford and Holland Patent students who won last month's regional competition, which qualified them to compete in the FIRST World Festival in St. Louis, April 23rd-25th.

Team members are: Nicholas Finn and Amanda Milone of Holland Patent High School; and Dakota Baber, Jarod Bialek, Maysara Elazzazi, Meral Evke, Nick Kopyt, Tori Love, Andrew Nerber and David Nopany of New Hartford.