Expanded FIRST® Championship in St. Louis: Edward Jones Dome, Renaissance Grand Hotel and Union Station on April 22 – April 25

More Than 17,000 Students from Around the Globe Compete in the World’s Largest Robotics Celebration

Dean Kamen’s Not-for-profit FIRST® Offers Robotic Challenges with the Thrill of Sports Competitions

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WHO

  • Dean Kamen, accomplished inventor and founder of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
  • More than 17,000 students in grades K-12 from more than 30 countries and their custom-built robots
  • High school students who participate in FIRST programs – FIRST® Tech Challenge and FIRST® Robotics Competition – can apply for more than $20 million in college scholarships
  • Expected attendance: 30,000 friends, parents, Mentors, Coaches, Volunteers and Sponsors
  • Students dressed in colorful, extravagant team uniforms demonstrating their robots, competing in timed matches, making adjustments on-the-fly in racecar-like, elaborately decorated pits

WHAT

  • The annual FIRST Championship is a culmination of student teams who participated in regional competitions held around the world
  • FIRST participants will have a chance to conduct experiments and meet with scientists from companies like Energizer (and its iconic Bunny) at the Innovation Faire
  • 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 round of the FIRST Robotics Competition showdowns happen Saturday afternoon, April 25
  • FIRST Championship offers three levels of competition and one student exhibition for students ages 6-18
    • Junior FIRST® LEGO® League 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)

WHEN & WHERE

April 22-25, St. Louis (All times CT)
Wednesday, April 22      
Noon – 5pm – Renaissance Hotel     FIRST Innovation Faire
2:30-6pm – Union Station     FIRST Tech Challenge qualification matches
Thursday, April 23      
8am-1pm - Union Station     FIRST Tech Challenge qualification matches
8:30am – 5pm – Edward Jones Dome     FIRST Robotics Competition qualification matches
8:30am – 3:40pm – America’s Center     FIRST LEGO League practice matches
1pm – 5pm – Renaissance Hotel     FIRST Innovation Faire
6pm-7:30pm – Edward Jones Dome     FIRST Championship Opening Ceremony
Friday, April 24      
8am – 6pm - Edward Jones Dome     FIRST Robotics Competition qualification matches

8am – Noon; 1pm – 5:30pm – Union Station

    FIRST Tech Challenge qualification matches
8:30am – 4pm – America’s Center     FIRST LEGO League competition matches
9am – Noon - Magnolia Hotel     FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award Semi-Finalist presentations
9am – 12:30pm; 1:30pm-5pm - Union Station     Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo
10am – 4pm - Renaissance Hotel     FIRST Innovation Faire and Scholarship Row
4:30 – 5pm – America’s Center     FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Ambassador Induction Ceremony
Saturday, April 25      
8:30am – 2pm - Renaissance Hotel     FIRST Innovation Faire
9:30am – 12:30pm – Edward Jones Dome     FIRST Robotics Competition sub-division elimination matches
9am – Noon – Union Station     Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo
10am – Noon – Union Station     FIRST Tech Challenge semifinal and final matches
2:30pm – 5pm – Edward Jones Dome     FIRST Robotics Competition matches & awards
6:30pm – 10pm – Edward Jones Dome     FIRST Championship Closing Ceremony
   

STORY LEADS INCLUDE:

  • Inspiring Girls to Pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers – FIRST is experiencing an increase of interest from girls, which will help close the gap between women and men in STEM careers
  • Developing America’s Workforce – Hundreds of Fortune 500 companies are relying on FIRST to fill their workforce with employees who have real-world STEM skills
  • Millions in STEM Education – FIRST is the only not-for-profit that offers more than $20 million in college scholarships

EDITOR’S NOTE
Media can register online to attend FIRST Championship:
http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/cmp-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. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.

Contacts

For FIRST®
Jamie Berman, 781-775-0347
jberman@conecomm.com
or
Maureen O’Connell, 617-939-8330
moconnell@conecomm.com

Release Summary

Expanded FIRST® Championship in St. Louis: Edward Jones Dome, Renaissance Grand Hotel and Union Station -- April 22-25

Contacts

For FIRST®
Jamie Berman, 781-775-0347
jberman@conecomm.com
or
Maureen O’Connell, 617-939-8330
moconnell@conecomm.com