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Welcome to the Pathfinder Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International!  The Pathfinder Chapter has grown steadily over the past 25 years, along with the growth of the unmanned community. The chapter was formed with the goals of educating the community about unmanned systems. This includes providing an organization for individuals who have a common interest in, and who wish to foster and expand the domain of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, to advance unmanned technologies, to exchange ideas and information in the field of Unmanned Vehicle Systems and to recognize the advances and contributions thereto, to promote the education of the membership and the general public in the field of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, and to document the history of Unmanned Vehicle Systems.

The Pathfinder Chapter is an active supporter of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. Over the past 5 years, the Pathfinder Chapter has provided greater than $400,000 in support of robotics education. This support consisted of grants; funding for competition expenses and awards; scholarships; and funding to education organizations to support robotics competitions.

In 2014, the Pathfinder Charitable Foundation was formed, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to allow individuals and companies the ability to donate funds, computers or other items for tax deductions.  These donations will be used in conjunction with the Pathfinder Chapter’s other funds in support of STEM education.

In addition to providing monetary support, many members of the Pathfinder Chapter have volunteered to serve as mentors to various robotics clubs in the local area, aiding the teachers in providing assistance and guidance to the students as they prepare for local and regional robotics competitions.  
 

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