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Last week, more than 10,000 students from around the globe travelled to St. Louis, Missouri, to put their engineering skills to the test at the annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, held at the Edward Jones Dome.

The three-day event came down to a heart-pounding conclusion Saturday night in front of a roaring crowd of 25,000 when three teams from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; The Woodlands, Texas; and Toronto, Ontario, Canada won the coveted FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Championship Winning Alliance. In this year’s game, ULTIMATE ASCENTSM, two Alliances made up of three teams each try to score as many flying discs into their goals as possible during the two-minute and 15-second match. This year, 2,546 FRC teams in 17 countries participated in 77 Regional and District competitions.

In all, more than 10,000 students, ages 6 to 18, participated in the Championship events. At the Opening Ceremonies, accomplished inventor and FIRST founder Dean Kamen recognized pop superstar will.i.am for his volunteer work with the not-for-profit. “I’m proud to help FIRST inspire young people to pursue science and technology careers,” will.i.am said. “The experience that students gain and the values they learn in FIRST programs are crucial to creating the innovative problem solvers of tomorrow.”

Several other U.S. and international FIRST student robotics teams earned honors for design excellence, competitive play, research, business plans, website design, teamwork, and partnerships. A not-for-profit organization founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST inspires young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

Nearly 650 teams from 37 countries competed in the three levels of FIRST: FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®, grades 4 to 8, 9 to 14-year-olds in the U.S, Canada, and Mexico; 9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S, Canada, and Mexico); FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®, grades 7 to 12, 12 to 18-year-olds); and FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®, grades 9 to 12, ages 14 to 18). In addition  to the high-energy robotics matches, 40 teams of 6 to 9-year-olds participated in the Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®, grades K-3), World Festival Expo.

For more information, visit: www.usfirst.org

The first-ever Leadership Summit on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) presented by U.S. News & World Report, June 27-29 in Dallas, Texas will feature leaders from FIRST, LEGO Education and Time Warner Cable (TWC) who are collaborating on programs that ignite kids’ interest in STEM and address the shortage of STEM-related skills in the workforce.

Iconic inventor and FIRST founder Dean Kamen, Jon Dudas, president of FIRST, Stephan Turnipseed, president, LEGO® Education, North America, and Tessie Topol, senior director of Strategic Philanthropy & Community Affairs at TWC, are part of a roster of STEM thought leaders who will explore successful pathways to STEM careers during the three-day event.

Kamen, Dudas, Turnipseed and Topol will engage attendees in thought-provoking discussions and collaborate with other conference speakers – including corporate executives, policymakers, and technology experts – on specific outcomes that will advance the future STEM workforce.

“We need to foster ideas and opportunities that will bolster our competitive edge and drive economic growth,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer, U.S. News and World Report. “By harnessing the power of thought leaders such as Dean, Jon and Tessie, we can probe complex issues and build upon successful ideas that will help young people thrive in future STEM careers and build a stronger workforce.”

More than 1,000 people are expected to attend U.S. News STEM Solutions 2012: A Leadership Summit, co-presented by Innovate+Educate and STEMconnector.

Kamen will be a keynote speaker at the U.S. News STEM Solutions 2012 on June 27, from 5:30-6:30pm. Kamen will engage participants on how to make science cool for kids during a keynote conversation with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Global Cultural Ambassador and the NBA’s leading all-time scorer;  Mortimer  B. Zuckerman, chairman and editor-in-chief, U.S. News & World Report; and Glenn Miller, vice president of Technical Operations, Lockheed Martin Corporation.

The discussion will feature highlights from FIRST Championship 2012, an international STEM celebration honoring kids’ accomplishments in FIRST robotics programs for kids K-12.

Kamen founded FIRST, a not-for-profit, more than 20 years ago. Since its inception, FIRST has provided more than one million student robotic experiences as part of its mission to inspire young people to become science and technology heroes.

Dudas and Turnipseed will participate in the session, “Leading by Example: The Need for STEM Mentors”, on June 28 from 3:45-4:45pm. The session will focus on the importance of mentors for guiding young innovators in their exploration of STEM careers.  Participants will also include Norman L. Fortenberry, PhD, executive director, American Society for Engineering Education; Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012; and Melissa Gregson, managing director, STEM Initiative, Teach For America, who will moderate.

The robotics programs at FIRST offer students the chance to work with professional engineering mentors on robotics challenges, and networking opportunities to find internships with leading companies such as BAE, Boeing, and Johnson & Johnson.

Topol will participate in the keynote panel “Making STEM Cool After School”, on June 29 from 8:20-9:30am, with Wes Bush, Chairman, CEO, and President, Northrop Grumman Corporation and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr.  The session will highlight TWC’s Connect a Million Minds program as an effective corporate/nonprofit partnership engaging youth in STEM opportunities.

Connect a Million Minds in STEM

FIRST and TWC became strategic partners in support of Connect a Million Minds, TWC’s five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in STEM. Topol spearheaded the initiative and has grown the program to include a STEM contest with will.i.am called Wouldn’t It Be Cool If. TWC, Kamen and will.i.am unveiled contest winners and honored them for their inventive ideas during FIRST Championship 2012.

U.S. News STEM Solutions 2012 will also feature live student robotic demonstrations by Dallas-area students involved in the FIRST Robotics Competition.

For more information, visit: www.USNewsStemSolutions.com

Over the weekend, 30,000 participants, fans, families, educators and industry leaders celebrated students’ engineering and robotics prowess at the annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, held in St. Louis, Mo., at the Edward Jones Dome.

Three teams from Stuart, Fla., Mountain Home, Ark., and North Brunswick, N.J. won the final showdown, earning the coveted FIRST Robotics Competition Championship Winning Alliance. FIRST® Robotics Competition is for grades 9 to 12, ages 14-18.

This year’s FIRST Robotics Competition challenge was “Rebound RumbleSM,” where matches were played between two Alliances of three teams each. Each Alliance competed by trying to score as many of the basketballs in the hoops as possible during the two-minute and 15-second match. Balls scored in higher hoops score teams more points. Team Alliances were awarded bonus points if they are balanced on bridges at the end of the match.

The NBA all-time leading scorer and STEM education advocate, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar headed to the practice fields to visit with students and checked out the Skyhook robot, which is appropriately named after his signature move!

Several other U.S. and international FIRST student robotics teams earned honors for design excellence, competitive play, research, business plans, website design, teamwork, and partnerships.

A not-for-profit organization founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST strives to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

This year, will.i.am, pop superstar, was on hand to kick off the week-long event, meet teams, and take part in a ceremony and a new innovation competition, “Wouldn’t It Be Cool If” sponsored by Time Warner Cable, a FIRST Strategic Sponsor.

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and nearly $15 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST®Robotics Competition (FRC® ) and FIRST®Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST®LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST®LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

For more information, visit: www.usfirst.org





FIRST ® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, and the National Parent Teacher Association (National PTA®) today announced a national Alliance to promote the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in K-12 education. FIRST and the National PTA (NPTA) will mobilize their collective resources to collaborate and promote K-12 after-school participation for the FIRST progression of four robotics programs.

The Alliance between FIRST and the National PTA is fitting as both organizations work diligently to promote opportunities for student engagement and enrichment. While the mission of FIRST is to inspire children to become science and technology leaders; the goal of the National PTA is complementary to this mission, striving to make every child’s potential a reality.

“Having a strategic channel that allows parents across the country to learn about FIRST and translate that into action as Coaches/Mentors for our FIRST students gives our organization a tremendous new source of Volunteer resources,” said Dean Kamen, FIRST founder and President of DEKA Research and Development. “As a leader in all things ‘parents,’ NPTA knows what after-school programs can do for individual students as well as school systems. We value the expert advice on what parents ‘really want’ and what they ‘really see’ as the best competitive advantage for their schools and for their families.”

The National PTA will receive support from FIRST in the form of resources such as materials, guidelines, and criteria for starting robotics teams, as well as marketing support. In turn, National PTA will recruit their own members and Volunteers across the nation to assist FIRST regional, affiliate, and operational partners in growing teams and Sponsors in their areas. To promote this growth, National PTA members and Volunteers will take on the important and influential roles of Mentors and Coaches to FIRST teams and students. In addition, the Alliance between the National PTA and FIRST will encourage K-12 schools that do not already have robotics as an after-school program to take notice and join the ‘robot revolution.’

“As data shows that American students now rank 25th in math and 21st in science, it’s crucial for families to be engaged in ways that can help our nation’s students return to the head of the class. We’re proud to support this program and help link valuable resources and programs with families and students,” said Betsy Landers, National PTA President.

Members of the National PTA will work with regional FIRST leadership, partners, and events at the local level to increase awareness of and support to FIRST within their own communities. The ultimate goal of the Alliance between FIRST and the National PTA is to increase the numbers of active participants – both students and adult Volunteers/Mentors/Coaches – across all FIRST programs.

About The National Parent Teacher Association® -- Membership is open to anyone who believes in the mission and purposes of Parent Teacher Association. Individual members may belong to any number of PTAs and pay dues in each. Every person who joins a local PTA® automatically becomes a member of both the state and national PTAs. “Together we are a powerful voice for children. With your help, we can continue to work toward PTA's goal of a quality education and nurturing environment for every child.

PTA Vision: What the future will look like if PTA accomplishes its mission.

  • “Making every child's potential a reality.” PTA Mission: The overall purpose of PTA “To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.” PTA Values: What PTA stands for: Collaboration - We work in partnership with a wide array of individuals and organizations to accomplish our agreed-upon goals. Commitment -- We are dedicated to promoting children’s health, well-being, and educational success through strong parent, family, and community involvement. Accountability -- We acknowledge our obligations. We deliver on our promises. Respect: We value our colleagues and ourselves. We expect the same high quality of effort and thought from ourselves as we do from others. Inclusivity --We invite the stranger and welcome the newcomer. We value and seek input from as wide a spectrum of viewpoints and experiences as possible. Integrity -- We act consistently with our beliefs. When we err, we acknowledge the mistake and seek to make amends.

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $14 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S., Canada, and Mexico) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

For more information, visit: www.usfirst.org

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), announced that seven FIRST students have been invited by President Obama to attend the second annual White House Science Fair, February 7, for their achievements in robotics engineering, invention and scientific innovation. Approximately 100 students from across the country will attend the event.

President Obama will celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions nationwide. The President will also announce key steps that the Administration and its partners are taking to help more students excel in math and science, and earn degrees in these subjects.

During the White House Science Fair, the President will salute the following FIRST students:

  • Three FIRST teams who won the 2011 FIRST® Robotics Competition Championship: Team 254 “The Cheesy Poofs” from San Jose, Calif.; Team 111 “WildStang” from Schaumburg, Ill.; and Team 973 “Greybots” from Atascadero, Calif. Students who will represent the winning alliance will include: John Harrison Drake of Arlington Heights, Ill.; Eric D. Bakan of Mountain View, Calif.; and Sean Wesley Murphy of Atascadero, Calif.

  • A second FIRST program team, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) “The Flying Monkeys,” an all-girl team from Ames, Iowa, and the winners of the inaugural FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award (2011), will include representatives: Kate Murray, Gaby Dempsey, and Mackenzie Grewell, all of Ames, who were part of a team that designed, tested, and produced a prosthetic hand device (now patent-pending) to help a three-year-old hold a pencil and draw for the first time.

  • Members of the distinguished ‘Christopher Columbus Award’ winning team, from Mont Vernon, N.H., represented by Anthony Edvalson, will also be representing FIRST. The team’s award-winning work was based on its research project from the FIRST LEGO League “Smart Move” season in 2010/11.

  • FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1311 “Kell Robotics” will show their "beyond FIRST" invention called ORCA (Oil Recovery and Capture) – a robotic oil skimmer for coastal estuaries. This project was funded by a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant. Representing the team are: Carlie Schulter of Kennesaw, Ga. and Mathew Tompkins of Acworth, Ga.

“It’s an honor to have students from two of our four FIRST programs recognized at the White House,” said Jon Dudas, president of FIRST. “Kids are natural innovators and FIRST helps kids create innovative solutions to real-world problems within an intense, fun robotics sports competition model.”

The President will view exhibits of student work, ranging from breakthrough research to new inventions, followed by remarks to an audience of students, science educators and business leaders on the importance of STEM education to the country’s economic future. 

FIRST Student Responses on Going to the White House:

  • FIRST LEGO League student, Mackenzie Grewell from Ames, Iowa, “FIRST has changed my life through all of the things that we have been able to do because of FIRST, like going to California and now the White House!”

  • FIRST LEGO League student, Kate Murray from Ames, Iowa, “I want to be a mechanical engineer when I grow up. I want to design cars to be more fuel efficient and/or rely entirely on wind or solar energy. I am super excited to go to the White House!”

  • FIRST Robotics Competition student and Team Captain, Sean Wesley Murphy of Atascadero, Calif., “I am greatly honored. I feel that I have been representing FIRST for a long time on a smaller scale and now on a big scale, and I am excited to do so at the White House.”

  • FIRST Robotics Competition student John Harrison Drake of Arlington Heights, Ill., “This is a once in a lifetime experience. It’s special because we have been invited by President Obama because of our team’s accomplishments. It is also significant because we strive to be a model for FIRST teams through our Gracious Professionalism™ and the way we organize our teams.”

The White House Science Fair will be streamed live at: www.whitehouse.gov/live

Friday, 13 January 2012 12:09

FIRST® Celebrates Student Inventors

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FIRST ® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), announced that participants on high school FIRST teams in North America can now compete for the chance to win recognition toward patenting a proposed invention in the newly created FIRST® Future Innovator Award presented by the Abbott Fund, the non-profit foundation of the global health care company, Abbott. The award provides FIRST ® Robotics Competition (FRC®) and FIRST ® Tech Challenge (FTC®) participants an opportunity to submit solutions to solve complex engineering challenges facing the world today, similar to the challenges set forth by the National Academy of Engineer’s Grand Challenges.

The FIRST Future Innovator Award will be judged by a panel of leading experts in the fields of engineering and patent law, including Dean Kamen, President of DEKA Research & Development Corporation and inventor of the Segway Personal Transporter, and representatives from Abbott and others, to determine the winning idea.

The winner will be announced during the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri on April 26-28, 2012. The winning student will be granted an award presented by the Abbott Fund and also will have the opportunity to meet with a venture capital firm for a real-world critique and discussion of their invention and possible business application.

“The Abbott Fund and FIRST chose to focus this inaugural award on solving complex engineering problems — such as those set forth by the National Academy of Engineer’s Grand Challenges, because they are real-world issues that require innovative solutions. I have learned to never underestimate the brilliance of the students at FIRST, and I am sure their solutions to these problems, from restoring and improving our urban infrastructure to providing access to clean water and air, will delight and inspire the panel of judges,” said Dean Kamen, FIRST Founder and President of DEKA Research & Development Corporation, adding, “FIRST thanks the Abbott Fund for bringing to the forefront the kind of issues these kids will face in their own futures, and for joining me in the urgent need to train the next generation of innovators.”

“The Abbott Fund is proud to provide this opportunity to the innovative young people who are learning and solving relevant challenges through the exceptional FIRST program,” said Cindy Schwab, vice president, the Abbott Fund, adding, “By highlighting the achievements of these young inventors we hope to foster a better understanding of the importance of science and engineering in our lives.”

FIRST students are encouraged to make their submission as complete and as close to an official patent process as possible, including detailed written descriptions of the invention, photographs, and videos to capture their ideas. There is no limit to the number of submissions a student may make. Students' submissions received by the deadline will then vie to become the overall winner to be announced at the FIRST Championship event in St. Louis.

“Innovation drives our economy and our way of life,” said Jon Dudas, FIRST President and former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, adding “FIRST students are natural innovators and inventors. The FIRST Future Innovator Award gives them the same opportunities as other great inventors, including the chance to present their ideas to venture capitalists. The winning idea will benefit from, and have the advantage of, decades of experience from professionals who do this for a living. These folks help bring ideas to life, building careers, building companies and building industries. This is an incredible opportunity for a student today.”

The FIRST Future Innovator Award competition is open to all North American FRC and FTC teams officially registered for the current 2011/2012 FIRST competition season. The portal for student submissions will open in February and the deadline for submissions will be noon, March 16, 2012, Eastern Standard Time.

For more information, visit: www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/future-innovator-award

Monday, 09 January 2012 11:41

2012 FIRST ® Robotics Competition Kickoff

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Inventor Dean Kamen was joined by former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, will.i.am, frontman of The Black Eyed Peas, and a host of other celebrities via video to launch the 21st FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) season today with the Kickoff of a new robotics game called “Rebound RumbleSM.” Before a crowd of 800 people at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., the hometown and headquarters of FIRST®, an estimated 60,000 around the world joined the Kickoff via live NASA-TV broadcast and webcast.

“I’m so excited for another season of FRC. While you get your robot on for the next six weeks, more than 300 Volunteer referees will be trained and certified on the new system so that they are ready for the competition. So let the games begin and keep on rockin’.”

The 2012 “Rebound Rumble” robotics game is played between two Alliances of three teams each. Each Alliance competes by trying to score as many of the basketballs in the hoops as possible during the two-minute and 15-second match. Balls scored in higher hoops score teams more points. Team Alliances are awarded bonus points if they are balanced on bridges at the end of the match.

Sponsored by NASA and Needham, Mass.-based PTC, the FRC Kickoff event is an opportunity for teams competing in the 2012 season to see the new game challenge and rules firsthand. Teams across the nation, and in Canada, Israel, and Mexico, watched the proceedings via NASA-TV broadcast or webcast from 73 Kickoff sites, many of which also offered workshops and a chance to meet other teams.

At today’s FRC Kickoff, FIRST teams were shown the new “Rebound Rumble” game playing field and received a Kit of Parts made up of motors, batteries, a control system, a PC, and a mix of automation components – but no instructions. Working with adult Mentors, students have six weeks to design, build, program, and test their robots to meet the season’s engineering challenge. Once these young inventors create a robot, their teams participate in competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students.

The Kickoff included presentations by FIRST founder Dean Kamen; NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden; PTC President and CEO Jim Heppelmann; FIRST Chairman Walt P. Havenstein; FIRST National Advisor Dr. Woodie Flowers; and FIRST president Jon Dudas. The program also featured remarks by former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush; Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report; and FIRST Robotics Competition Director Bill Miller. The program also recognized this year’s Safety Animation Award winner, Arrowbots (FIRST Team #3705) of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, and the 2012 FIRST Safety Video presented by Underwriters Laboratories. Selected quotes below:

George W. Bush, Former President:

“American inventions have consistently improved lives around the world. Through FIRST, my friend Dean Kamen has created a forum where innovation and creativity thrive. Talented young people like you now have the opportunity to apply your talents to science and technology. You are our future science and engineering leaders, and America needs your energy and intellect. I want to thank you for your participation in this important program. I appreciate your willingness to spend your time doing something very important: investing in your future.”

Bill Clinton, Former President:

“You’ve learned things today through this competition that will serve you for the rest of your life no matter what kind of work you choose to pursue. The way this competition is built, you will gain more individually by supporting the efforts of your competitors than you’d gain if you just worked alone. I know it is counterintuitive, but it is powerful and transforming. It’s not just a device to make you show good sportsmanship; it’s a fact of what works in the world we live in today. Globalization means we are more connected than ever before, even with our adversaries, and that it’s crucial that we find a way to work and succeed together. We have to build a future of shared prosperity. I’ve found throughout my career, we can all accomplish more when we collaborate than when we fight. Some of the best innovations have come from totally unexpected partnerships.”

Dean Kamen, FIRST Founder and President of DEKA Research & Development Corporation:

“I don’t think any great innovator or technologist got up in the morning trying to do something really big, really innovative, because they wanted a job. If we create a generation of passionate, smart, well-educated, informed kids willing to take educated risks as they try new things. If we create a passionate generation that understands the power of technology and how to apply it, trust me—they’ll have jobs. That’s a consequence of what they’ll have. If FIRST succeeds, we’ll have a rebirth of a society that believes in a future that can and has to be better than the past. We’re going to make sure we build a 21st century, a future that’s way more exciting than the 20th century.”

Aneesh Chopra, White House CTO:

“When I was at the Championship last year, I knew you understood it wasn’t just about winning the competition. It’s about building for the future. Creating a community that makes our world a better place through advances in technology and innovation. And we can only do that if we build the jobs and industries of the future with a workforce that’s capable in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. You are the workforce to that future economy.”

will.i.am, frontman of The Black Eyed Peas:

“I’m so excited for another season of FRC. While you get your robot on for the next six weeks, more than 300 Volunteer referees will be trained and certified on the new system so that they are ready for the competition. So let the games begin and keep on rockin’.”

Charlie Bolden, NASA Administrator:

“You can do great things, too, as part of a team that creates a new machine. You’ll also have a wonderful opportunity being mentored by some of the best engineers in the world. They’ll help you discover not just what you can do now, but they’ll give insight in what you can do in the future. This year, NASA will be covering 100 percent of the registration costs for the Championship competition for each team that wins a regional Engineering Inspiration Award in the United States. Our NASA team can honestly say, we make a positive impact toward the future of our nation because of you. Thank you for inspiring us and for all that you do.”

Jim Heppelmann, President and CEO, PTC:

“FIRST is the cornerstone of PTC’s corporate social responsibility program. FIRST provides the keys to success for young people and their futures. This is why we believe so strongly in FIRST. It remains one of the best investments you can make in the future.”

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST ® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and nearly $14 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST ® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S., Canada, and Mexico) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

For more information, visit: www.usfirst.org




FIRST ® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, and the Yale Science & Engineering Association (YSEA) today announced a national Strategic Alliance and a U.S.-based pilot program to promote the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in K-12 education. FIRST and Yale will mobilize resources to collaborate and promote K-12 after-school participation in the FIRST robotics progression of four robotics programs.

Currently, estimates indicate that jobs in U.S. high-tech manufacturing companies are going unfilled because companies can’t find people with the necessary skills. In addition, the failure to develop math and science skills has resulted in the U.S. falling behind other countries such as China and India.

"We want our culture to celebrate science and technology, and we want our society to be one where countless young people not only dream of being engineering, science and technology leaders; but also have the mentoring that can inspire and enable great achievement,” said Dean Kamen, FIRST Founder and President of DEKA Research & Development Corporation.

FIRST will assist the YSEA Alumni across the country with resources such as materials, guidelines for starting robotics teams, as well as marketing support. YSEA members and volunteers across the nation will assist FIRST regional, affiliate and operational partners and will provide volunteers, Mentors and Coaches for events in their geographic areas to collectively build local collaboration.

“Yale has been cultivating cutting-edge engineers for more than 150 years,” said T. Kyle Vanderlick, Dean of the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science. “We are delighted that some of our most committed alumni will be working with one of the nation’s most creative engineering advocates to ensure a rich supply of bold, innovative problem-solvers for our society.”

Yale Alumni will work with regional FIRST leadership, partners and events on a state-by-state basis to encourage members of the YSEA community to engage with, volunteer for, as well as advocate and support FIRST programs. The goal of the pilot program will be to increase the number of young people and numbers of teams and volunteers actively participating in all robotics initiatives across all four programs at FIRST.

“This strategic alignment encourages our students to continue their successes in science and engineering technology," said Jon Dudas, FIRST President. "There is a tremendous fit between Yale and FIRST. FIRST students will benefit tremendously from the expertise offered by the Alumni in science and engineering from Yale. And, the resulting collective intelligence will no doubt play a key role in improving the longer-term standing of the U.S. in the sciences as the foundation for our innovation society.”

The Yale Science and Engineering Association (YSEA) connects Yale Alumni with students, the University, and each other to strengthen the Yale science and engineering community. Comprised of alumni working together to strengthen Yale's education of leaders for a world increasingly dominated by science and technology the Association works to: promote the highest quality of science and engineering at Yale in the students, faculty, facilities and courses of study; assists students financially with research grants, prizes and scholarships; recognizes and promotes the accomplishments of Yale students, faculty and distinguished alumni with special awards and prizes; communicates with its membership  to  encourage interaction between Yale and its engineering and science alumni and between Yale and private and public enterprise; and makes strategic investments to enable or complement Yale initiatives which advance science and engineering.

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and nearly $15 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST®Robotics Competition (FRC® ) and FIRST®Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST®LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST®LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

For more information, visit: www.usfirst.org or alumninet.yale.edu/sigs/ysea

One of 20,000 FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) teams around the world will win an investment prize of up to $250,000 as winner of the 2012 FLL Global Innovation Award. The award’s new “Go-To-Market Sponsor,” Edison Nation, has offered to bring the winning idea through the same product development process showcased in their Emmy® award-winning PBS television show Everyday Edisons.

"Through our EdisonNation.com platform, we're able to work with all kinds of independent inventors to help make their ideas a reality," said CEO of Edison Nation, Louis Foreman. "Our Edison Nation team is excited to work with these young FLL inventors and to leverage our industry capabilities to get their innovations to market.”

Now in its second consecutive year, the FLL Global Innovation Award encourages, celebrates, and supports youth innovation by offering 200,000 FIRST LEGO League participants the chance to compete and win support for their research projects. At the end of the FIRST LEGO League competition season, teams will be invited to submit their research ideas between January 19 and March 1, 2012, to the FLL Global Innovation Award website. A judging panel of industry leaders will review the submissions. One winning team and two runner-up winners will be named at the FLL Global Innovation Award ceremony on June 19 at the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Va.

“It is innovation that changes the way we live and makes life better and more exciting,” said Founder of FIRST Dean Kamen, adding, “The FLL Global Innovation Award celebrates and encourages innovation by asking kids to think about improving their own future.”

FIRST LEGO League is one of four programs offered by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit that inspires an appreciation of science and technology in young people. FIRST issues an annual challenge to FLL teams on a real-world scientific topic comprised of three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values. This season’s theme is food safety.

For more information, visit: fllinnovationaward.firstlegoleague.org

WHAT:
Renowned inventor/FIRST founder Dean Kamen and The Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am team up for “i.am.FIRST- Science is Rock and Roll,” a groundbreaking science and technology entertainment celebration that highlights the 20th annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship

WHEN:
Sunday, August 14, 2011
7:00-8:00 p.m. ET/6:00 – 7:00 p.m. CT
ABC Television Network

WHO:
The star-studded special features live performances by The Black Eyed Peas and Willow Smith, along with celebrities including Justin Bieber, Steven Tyler, Bono, Jack Black, Miley Cyrus and Josh Duhamel speaking out in support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Student teams are profiled as their robots compete to win coveted FIRST Championship awards.

WHY:
The back-to-school special was created and shot during the FIRST Championship 2011 including 30,000 students, fans, families, educators, and industry leaders who came together in St. Louis, Mo., to celebrate the engineering prowess of talented students from around the world. More than 600 teams from 29 countries competed in the three levels of FIRST: FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®, grades 4 to 8, nine to 14-year-olds in the U.S. and Canada; nine to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada); FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®, grades 9 to 12, 14 to 18-year-olds); and FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®, grades 9 to 12, ages 14-18). i.am.FIRST- Science is Rock and Roll documents the country’s best and brightest students in the FIRST Regional Competitions leading up to the international FIRST Championship.

Dean Kamen founded FIRST® in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue STEM.

For more information, visit: www.usfirst.org

After months of researching, designing and testing prosthetic hand devices to help a three-year-old hold a pencil and draw for the first time, an all-girl FIRST LEGO League team of kid inventors, The Flying Monkeys, finally met in person this week with the toddler who is successfully using their invention. The meeting culminated in a celebration of patent-pending kid inventions designed to help kids with their health-related issues during the inaugural FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award ceremony, June 16, hosted at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

FIRST is a not-for-profit organization that inspires an appreciation of science and technology in young people. The Flying Monkeys are a FIRST LEGO League team comprised of girls, ages 11 to 13. The team created the BOB-1, a prosthetic hand device to enable users with limb abnormalities to hold, stabilize or secure items.

The Flying Monkeys' inspiration for the invention is a three-year-old girl who was born with missing fingers on her dominant hand. The team's coach discovered this child's needs through correspondence with a Yahoo Group for families affected by congenital limb differences. Using Danielle's hand measurements, the FIRST LEGO League teammates invented the device from moldable plastic, a pencil grip and Velcro.

"I see the BOB-1 helping many kids... all over the world," said one of the FIRST LEGO League team members from The Flying Monkeys.

"With FIRST LEGO League, we are reaching kids at a really young age who are making inventions, and they are unbounded in what they think is possible," said Dean Kamen, iconic inventor and founder of FIRST.

The FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award, presented by the X PRIZE Foundation in collaboration with the USPTO, offered teams an opportunity to further develop and submit ideas stemming from their 2010 FIRSTLEGO League research projects.

The Flying Monkeys earned first prize and were honored at the ceremony with $20,000 from the X PRIZE Foundation to apply toward patenting the BOB-1; they already hold a provisional patent for the device. The runner-up teams were also honored on June 16. The winners and their inventions are:

* First Place Winner: The Flying Monkeys of Ames, Iowa, invented a prosthetic hand device enabling users with limb abnormalities to hold, stabilize, or secure items
* Runner-Up: The 4thMotor of East Troy, Wis., invented a non-invasive glucose monitoring device for kids with diabetes; using RFID technology and microchips to eliminate finger pricking
* Runner-Up: Blue Gear Ticks of Lincoln, Mass., invented an unfurling bio-absorbable arterial stent that expands upon demand as children grow

"Today... help me salute my new heroes: The Flying Monkeys, The 4th Motor and The Blue Gear Ticks," said Robert K. Weiss, Vice Chairman and President, X PRIZE Foundation, during the ceremony. "The Global Innovation Award was a competition for these kids to create something really great, to be recognized... and to give real meaning to what these kids have accomplished."

The Global Innovation Award encouraged FIRST LEGO League kids to practice creative problem-solving, a crucial skill in addressing complex, real-world issues. The award ceremony celebrated the winning teams' creativity, compassion and innovation.

The award submissions were based on the 2010 FIRST LEGO League Challenge, BODY FORWARD, which tasked FIRST LEGO League teams in more than 56 countries to explore the cutting-edge world of bio-engineering and discover innovative ways to repair injuries, overcome genetic predispositions, and maximize the body's potential with the intended purpose of leading happier and healthier lives.

FIRST LEGO League teams from 15 countries entered 179 submissions. The entries were voted upon by the public and then judged by an expert panel to determine the most patentable ideas. Close to 400,000 public votes were cast by nearly one million people who visited the award website.

During the award ceremony, members from all three winning FIRST LEGO League teams revealed their paths to innovation during a kid inventor panel. The students also presented their inventions to patent experts, asked the experts for advice and visited the Inventor's Hall of Fame and Museum.

For more information, visit www.usfirst.org or www.newsinfusion.com/events/firstlegoleague

Friday, 29 April 2011 11:44

FIRST ® Announces PTC As Strategic Partner

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FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, today announced PTC, The Product Development Company®, of Needham, Mass., as a Strategic Partner.

“PTC’s support for the FIRST family of programs has been instrumental in the worldwide growth of the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®),” said Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST. “PTC has long recognized that our student engineers and innovators need a variety of tools at their disposal, including technology that can optimize the product development process. Their generosity – as a Partner, Supplier, Sponsor and employee Volunteers – is valued by the entire FIRST community.”

With millions of dollars already committed to FIRST, Strategic Partner status designates PTC as providing the highest level of Sponsorship available at FIRST through its cumulative support of teams, annual in-kind donations, resources, technology, design and collaboration software, training as well as employee involvement – and contributes across the FIRST family of programs. Beginning as a FIRST® Robotics Challenge (FRC®) Crown Supplier, PTC then became the Official CAD and Collaboration Sponsor for FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) in 2007 with the donation of its Creo™ Elements/Pro™, Mathcad®, and Windchill® to FTC teams. PTC then expanded its support to include funding the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) and FTC teams, becoming a Crown Supplier in 2009, and last year sponsoring a successful pilot of FTC to India, Romania and China this year. PTC plans include the growth of FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) teams in 2012.

“FIRST is PTC’s flagship Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education program because we believe it is one of the best ways to educate and prepare students to be engineers,” said Jim Heppelmann, President and CEO, PTC and member of the FIRST Executive Advisory Board. “PTC is pleased to be a Strategic Partner with the FIRST organization, and I look forward to working with FIRST as we grow the program to include stronger global participation across companies, students and volunteers.”

Over the past four years, PTC has leveraged its global footprint by co-sponsoring nearly 180 FRC and FTC teams with its customers and partners to extend the FIRST program into as many schools as possible. In preparation for this year’s FRC and FTC seasons, PTC completed more than 40 hands-on workshops for students, teachers, Volunteers, and Mentors to learn 3D design and collaboration technology. More than 800 teams have signed up for free PTC software, including Creo™, Mathcad®, and Windchill®. In 2011, PTC spearheaded a rollout to pilot the FTC program in China and Eastern Europe.

Students and teachers may download PTC software to assist in designing robots at: www.ptc.com/go/softwareforfirst

For more information visit: www.usfirst.org

Glenn Britt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) has been elected to the Board of Directors of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

Glenn Britt is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Cable (TWC). In November 2009, he was named one of five corporate US executives appointed by President Barack Obama to a task force charged with strengthening America’s economic competitiveness by increasing the scale, scope and impact of private-sector and philanthropic support in improving American students’ proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

“FIRST is very fortunate to receive the support of some of our nation's most iconic corporations, from industrial giants who have shaped technology for a hundred years to Internet and media companies that have fundamentally changed our way of life,” said Dean Kamen, President of DEKA Research & Development and the founder of FIRST. “We are very proud of the support we are now receiving from the media and popular culture. Glenn Britt’s experience in the arenas of both STEM education and media combine in his enormous personal commitment to ensuring that future generations are given every opportunity to be educated and inspired by science. We are pleased to welcome him to the FIRST Board of Directors as we strive to spark the next generation’s passion for technology and engineering."

Time Warner Cable is focused on working with FIRST to reach new audiences and ultimately, to drive the demand for STEM education through afterschool robotics programs and other activities outside of the classroom. In addition to a unique Web site called “Connect a Million Minds” (CAMM, connectamillionminds.com),TWC is using public service announcements (PSAs) and local community events and employee engagement to raise awareness of the need for FIRST robotics and more STEM resources. The Web site highlights FIRST robotics competitions around the country and encourages volunteers and mentors to support teams of young participants.

TWC has provided financial, in-kind, and personnel support, investing countless volunteer hours in FIRST. The company has produced PSAs, given grants, and provided volunteers in much needed areas to assist FIRST in providing all students with an experience that inspires innovation and cultivates a passion for science and engineering.

“Glenn’s proven leadership, extensive management and operations experience, and his personal commitment to STEM initiatives adds significantly to the depth of our growing organization,” said Walt Havenstein, FIRST chairman. “We welcome the opportunity to advance our mission through the world of social and interactive technologies to increase awareness and inspire young people to be science and technology leaders with the benefit of Glenn’s counsel and oversight.”

TWC is currently the largest sponsor of the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) Midwest Regional event and supports 10 FRC teams, 8 FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) teams and 37 FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) teams in 7 states.

"FIRST has been a terrific partner for our Connect a Million Minds initiative since its inception," said Glenn Britt. "Our organizations share a passion for fostering a new generation of problem solvers. I am proud of the work we have done together and am honored to further that commitment as a Member of FIRST’s Board of Directors.”

Mr. Britt has been the driving force behind TWC’s aggressive deployment of advanced video services, such as video-on-demand, high-definition television and digital video recorders. Mr. Britt has guided the growth and increased penetration of Time Warner Cable’s residential high-speed data product and has overseen the efforts of Road Runner Business Class, the company’s commercial broadband service. He has also championed the launch and growth of Time Warner Cable Digital Phone and development of new wireless products such as Road Runner Mobile.

Glenn Britt joined Time Inc. in 1972 in the controller’s department and rose to VP and Treasurer of Manhattan Cable Television, Inc. (1974), Finance Director for Time-Life Books’ Iran Project (1977), VP of Network and Studio Operations for Home Box Office, Inc. (HBO), and Director of Business Development of Time Inc.’s video group (1980).

He is active on industry boards and community organizations, serving on the boards of directors and has received many industry honors, including induction in Broadcasting & Cable’s Hall of Fame; Cable Positive’s Joel G. Berger Award; the NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership; The Media Institute’s American Horizon Award; the NAMIC Stanley B. Thomas Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Kaitz Foundation Diversity Champion Award. In 2010, he was named Humanitarian of the Year by the UJA-Federation of New York.

Britt received a B.A. in economics from Dartmouth College, where he graduated magna cum laude. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mr. Britt received an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth, where he sponsors the Britt Technology Impact Series. The program series examines various aspects of the growing impact of technology on corporations and individuals and the business strategy issues surrounding new technology.

For more information visit: www.usfirst.org

A 3-year-old child born without fingers on the dominant hand is able to use a pencil, thanks to a device created by a FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) team comprised of all girls, ages 11 to 13.  The device earned the team, known as the “Flying Monkeys,” the inaugural FIRST Global Innovation Award, presented by the X PRIZE Foundation.

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, today announced the selection of the winning team and runner–up teams of the Global Innovation Award, presented by the X PRIZE Foundation. All three teams will participate in a private awards ceremony in June at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Va.

The Flying Monkeys, a Girl Scout team from Ames, Iowa, will receive up to $20,000 from the X PRIZE Foundation toward patenting their invention, called the BOB-1. The team submitted an idea for a multi-functional, cost-effective prosthetic hand device that would enable users with limb abnormalities to hold, grip, stabilize, or secure items. The BOB-1 prototype is currently in use by a 3-year-old child from Georgia.  

“The winning team’s working prototype, which is already improving the life of a young child, proves that FIRST participants are making the world a better place with their creative problem-solving skills,” said President of DEKA Research & Development and FIRST Founder Dean Kamen. “Now with the help of the X PRIZE Foundation and the USPTO, the Flying Monkeys will receive the kind of support needed so more people can benefit from their invention.”

The two runner-up teams for the Global Innovation Award are: “The 4th Motor” of East Troy, Wis., and the “Blue Gear Ticks” from Lincoln, Mass., whose real-world solutions target children with diabetes and congenital heart defects, respectively.

“Kids are natural innovators, and FIRST kids are offering solutions to some very big, real-world problems,” said FIRST President Jon Dudas. “We see incredible ideas and inventions every year from our FLL teams, and now we can encourage them to make their innovations available to the public.”

Presented by the X PRIZE Foundation, in collaboration with the USPTO, the award offers global FIRST LEGO League teams the opportunity to submit innovative solutions to real-world problems, stemming from a yearly FLL Challenge.  

In the award’s inaugural year, 179 submissions were voted upon by the public and then judged by an expert panel to determine the most patentable ideas. Close to 400,000 public votes were cast by nearly one million people who visited the award website from 145 countries.

“It is wonderful to see hundreds of children submitting ideas to the Global Innovation Award, all of whom aim to improve the lives of others,” said Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation Dr. Peter H. Diamandis. “We are proud to be cultivating the innovation process at the earliest stages, and we are honored to support the winning team.”

The award submissions were based on the 2010 FLL BODY FORWARD® Challenge, which tasked FLL teams in more than 56 countries to explore the cutting-edge world of bio-engineering and discover innovation ways to repair injuries, overcome genetic predispositions, and maximize the body’s potential with the intended purpose of leading happier and healthier lives.

“The fact that the Flying Monkeys’ prosthetic device is already in use by a young patient reflects its feasibility, usability, and public benefit,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos. “We are looking forward to hosting the winning teams and honoring them at the ceremony in June.”

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international program for 9 to 16 year-old children (9 to 14 in the U.S. and Canada) created in a partnership between FIRST and The LEGO Group in 1998 to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable employment and life skills. Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technologies and LEGO Education materials, children work alongside adult Coaches to design, build, and program autonomous robots and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their research project. After eight intense weeks, the competition season culminates at high-energy, sports-like tournaments. Like any other organized “sport,” teams also fundraise, create a team identity, and participate in field trips.

For more information visit: http://fllinnovationaward.firstlegoleague.org or www.usfirst.org

FIRST ® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, announced today that the number of scholarship dollars available to college-bound FIRST participants has grown to almost $15 million. Sixteen new providers have joined the FIRST Scholarship program this year, increasing the available dollar amount by $2.4 million over 2010.

A total of 146 colleges, universities, corporations, and associations support the FIRST mission by generously donating merit-based scholarship opportunities to eligible students who want to take their FIRST experience to the next level. Last year, nearly one in three applicants was offered a FIRST Scholarship, and 25 percent of the recipients were female.

“In these tough economic times, scholarships mean more than ever,” said Gina Triolo, FIRST alumna and computer science major at Princeton University. She added, “My FIRST scholarship has made it possible for me to pursue a career in engineering at the school of my dreams. I really could not ask for a greater opportunity than that!” Triolo was the 2010 recipient of a FIRST Allaire Medal Scholarship.

As of March 2011, the newest FIRST Scholarship Providers include: Baker University; Clemson University; College of the Atlantic; Columbia University; Eastern Washington University; Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México ; Itasca Community College; Maryville University; Mineral Area College; Portland State University; Randolph College; St. Mary’s University; Texas A&M University; University of Connecticut; University of Iowa; and University of Massachusetts Amherst/PTC.

“Collectively our FIRST scholarship recipients have proven to be incredible contributors to the colleges and universities they attend, the corporations where they intern and ultimately gain employment, and to FIRST as alums carrying our message that the pursuit of science and technology careers is paramount to workforce development in the 21st Century,” noted Jon Dudas, President, FIRST.

Any high-school junior or senior participating in the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) or FIRST ® Tech Challenge (FTC®) is eligible to apply for one or more FIRST Scholarships. Some FIRST Scholarships are awarded for special majors such as engineering, math, science, computer science, or technology. Others can be used for any course of study. The values of scholarships vary from full four-year tuition to under $1,000. Most applications are due between January and April.

According to Nancy Rosenberg, FIRST Scholarship Manager, “Colleges and Universities offer these scholarships because the skills learned in FIRST - creative problem-solving, time management, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism™ - make students more likely to succeed in college.”

For more information visit: www.usfirst.org

The 9th Annual FIRST Robotics Competition Chesapeake Regional. The FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual event that inspires the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators. High school students design and build robots to compete in a fast-paced, sports-like challenge.

Students on 60 high school teams from 11 states and Washington, D.C. – including 29 teams from Maryland – will bring their robots to Baltimore to compete in this year’s FIRST Challenge, called “LOGO MOTION™.”

WHEN:
March 18–19, 2011
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, free and open to the public.
Opening ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 18th.
(Note: Media are welcome to attend the practice sessions on Thursday, March 17th, also from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

WHERE:
Baltimore Convention Center, 1 West Pratt Street, Hall A

*Media should contact Neil Franz (240-687-0127) or Bill Duncan (410-350-5031) to arrange for a VIP tour or an interview with a FIRST spokesperson.

The 2011 FIRST Robotics Competition Chesapeake Regional is presented by BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, NASA and SAIC. Additional sponsors include Constellation Energy, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon. For more information, visit www.mdfirst.org

The 9th Annual FIRST Robotics Competition Chesapeake Regional. The FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual event that inspires the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators. High school students design and build robots to compete in a fast-paced, sports-like challenge.

Students on 60 high school teams from 11 states and Washington, D.C. – including 29 teams from Maryland – will bring their robots to Baltimore to compete in this year’s FIRST Challenge, called “LOGO MOTION™.” Click here for a full list of teams competing.

WHEN:
March 18–19, 2011
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, free and open to the public.
Opening ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 18th.
(Note: Media are welcome to attend the practice sessions on Thursday, March 17th, also from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

WHERE:
Baltimore Convention Center, 1 West Pratt Street, Hall A

*Media should contact Neil Franz (240-687-0127) or Bill Duncan (410-350-5031) to arrange for a VIP tour or an interview with a FIRST spokesperson.

The 2011 FIRST Robotics Competition Chesapeake Regional is presented by BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, NASA and SAIC. Additional sponsors include Constellation Energy, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon. For more information, visit www.mdfirst.org

About FIRST

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, New Hampshire, FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and nearly $14 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada), and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, visit www.usfirst.org

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