20,000 K-12 Students Compete in the World’s Oldest, Largest Robotics Celebration: FIRST® Championship

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FIRST Combines the Excitement of Sport with the Rigors of Science and
Technology

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WHO

  • Dean Kamen, accomplished inventor and founder of FIRST
    (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
    )
  • More than 20,000 students in grades K-12 from over 30 countries and
    their custom-built robots competing in timed matches and making
    adjustments on-the-fly in racecar-like pits
  • Attendance: more than 40,000 students, friends, parents, Mentors,
    Coaches, Volunteers and Sponsors

WHAT

  • The annual FIRST Championship is the culmination for student
    teams who participated in regional competitions held around the
    world
  • During heart-pounding, high-energy matches, students will put their
    custom-built robots to the test with the help of Mentors and
    professional engineers
  • The final nail-biting rounds of the FIRST® Robotics
    Competition showdowns start Saturday afternoon, April 30
  • FIRST Championship offers three levels of competition and one
    student exhibition for students ages 6-18:

    • FIRST® LEGO®
      League Jr. World Festival Expo
      (ages 6-9)
    • FIRST® LEGO®
      League World Festival
      (ages 9-14; 9-16 outside the U.S.,
      Canada and Mexico)
    • FIRST® Tech Challenge
      World Championship
      (ages 12-18)
    • FIRST® Robotics
      Competition Championship
      (ages 14-18)

STORY LEADS INCLUDE:

  • Educators Changing Students’ Lives – Educators, Mentors,
    industry leaders and professionals involved in FIRST come
    together to make a difference in students’ lives, providing
    mentorship, leadership and hard and soft skills that translate to the
    real world.
  • Support from National Sponsors – More than 200 Fortune 500
    corporations provide resources that help FIRST offer
    accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge
    and life skills while motivating young people to pursue pathways to
    prosperity, including opportunities in STEM.
  • Improving Lives Through Innovation – FIRST teams tackle
    real-world problems to create innovative solutions that improve
    people’s lives and will impact future industries.
  • Millions in Higher Education – FIRST is the only
    not-for-profit that offers more than $25 million in college
    scholarships.
  • Dean Kamen Flies in an Air Force B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber to Kick
    Off 2016 Championship Week (4/26)
    Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST,
    has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly in a B-2 Spirit
    bomber. Media alert: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160419006232/en

WHEN & WHERE
The competition will take place in four
different locations across St. Louis:

  • The Dome at America’s Center
  • America’s Center
  • The Marriott Grand Hotel
  • Union Station
 
April 27-30, St. Louis (all times CT)
Wednesday, April 27
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Marriot St. Louis Grand Hotel     FIRST Innovation Faire
1:45–3:30 p.m. – Union Station     FIRST Tech Challenge Qualification Matches
Thursday, April 28
8–11:30 a.m. – Union Station     FIRST Tech Challenge Qualification Matches
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. – The Dome at America’s Center     FIRST Robotics Competition Qualification Matches
8:30 a.m.–3:40 p.m. – America’s Center     FIRST LEGO League Practice Matches

10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. – Marriot St. Louis Grand Hotel

    FIRST Innovation Faire and Scholarship Row
12:30–3:15 p.m. – Union Station     FIRST Tech Challenge Qualification Matches
6–7:30 p.m. – The Dome at America’s Center     FIRST Championship Welcome Ceremony
Friday, April 29
8–11:30 a.m. – Union Station     FIRST Tech Challenge Qualification Matches
8 a.m.–6:30 p.m. – The Dome at America’s Center     FIRST Robotics Competition Qualification Matches
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. – America’s Center     FIRST LEGO League Competition Matches
9 a.m.– 5 p.m. – Union Station     FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo
10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. – Marriot St. Louis Grand Hotel     FIRST Innovation Faire and Scholarship Row
12:30–2 p.m. – Union Station     FIRST Tech Challenge Qualification Matches
Saturday, April 30
8 a.m.–12 p.m. – Marriot St. Louis Grand Hotel     FIRST Innovation Faire and Scholarship Row
8–11 a.m. – Union Station     FIRST LEGO League Jr. World Festival Expo
8–11 a.m. – Union Station     FIRST Tech Challenge Qualification Matches
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – The Dome at America’s Center     FIRST Robotics Competition Sub-Division Playoff Matches
12:30–3 p.m. – Union Station     FIRST Tech Challenge Elimination Matches and Competition
Awards
2:30–5 p.m. – The Dome at America’s Center     FIRST Robotics Competition Championship Matches and Awards
6:30–9:00 p.m. – The Dome at America’s Center     FIRST Championship Closing Ceremony and Finale
   

Link to full spectator schedule: http://www.firstchampionship.org/championship-schedule#block-system-main

HOW
Media must have a press pass in order to attend. Please
RSVP to jberman@conecomm.com
and register at: http://www.firstchampionship.org/media-registration

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, 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 over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies
and more than $25 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit
organization hosts the FIRST®
Robotics Competition
for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST®
Tech Challenge
for Grades 7-12; FIRST®
LEGO® League
for Grades 4-8; and FIRST®
LEGO® League Jr.
for Grades K-3. 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,
go to www.firstinspires.org

FIRST and the FIRST logo are registered trademarks of the
United States Foundation For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
Technology (FIRST). LEGO® is a registered trademark of
The LEGO Group.

Contacts

For FIRST®
Jamie Berman, 781-775-0347
jberman@conecomm.com
or
Aaron
Pickering, 508-951-0919
apickering@conecomm.com