RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Technology Association is partnering with the University of North Carolina system to attract more students to science related careers.

The NCTA will work with UNC’s Mathematics and Science Education Network through the latter’s pre-college program for young scientists. It is known as Robots, or Robotics: Opportunities for Building Outstanding Talent in the Sciences.

The program seeks to help under-represented middle school students to pursue college majors in engineering, math, astronomy, physics and other related disciplines. Robots will recruit 210 students who will attend Saturday academy programs. The Robots project is funded by a $798,124 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Also working on the project are NCTA member companies The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, Tyco Electronics and IBM.

For more information about the UNC program, see: www.unc.edu/depts/msen/

NCTA: www.nc-tech.org