The Education Foundation was started in 1984 as the education arm of NEDA (National Electronic Distributors Association). Since then it has worked to attract new talent into the electronic distribution industry and provide training materials to help industry members enhance their skills. The Foundation partners with leading universities to expose students to theory and research that will intellectually position them to apply leading edge concepts to our increasingly complex industry. The Foundation works in conjunction with colleges and universities to promote industrial distribution, supply chain and logistics degree programs and careers within the industry.
A Board of Directors governs the Education Foundation. Click here for a list of current Board members.
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FIRST Robotics Competition
The Education Foundation is honored to assist Dean Kamen, inventor, scientist and founder of FIRST Robotics Competition. Our mission is to coordinate our member companies in providing the electronic components needed to make 3,000 team kits for the 2013 competition. Kamen wowed the audience at the recent ECIA Executive Conference with an exciting presentation about his quest to ignite the imaginative minds of our youth and instill a love of science exploration.
The successful FIRST program - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology - has provided a venue for science-minded kids to compete on a level that rivals their athlete peers. Started in 1992 with 28 teams in a New Hampshire high-school gym, the competition now involves roughly 3,000 teams across the globe vying for bragging rights and college scholarships.
Your company can participate several ways:
1. By donating specific components. To review the BOM and determine which parts your company may be able to provide, click here.
2. By donating a company voucher that students can use to obtain additional components for their build.
By a monetary donation
Click here to learn more about participation in this exciting event!
The Project Host program partners industrial and electronic distribution students and their faculty with executive member hosts during EDS - the industry's largest trade show. Students gain insight and experience vital to our industry, while host companies meet prospective employees and develop relationships with the universities. At the Executive Conference, faculty members are invited to attend and network with industry executives. Click here to read more. Click here for a student's perspective of their Project Host experience.