More than 60,000 Students Worldwide to Build Robots and STEM Skills with FIRST® Tech Challenge RELIC RECOVERY℠ Presented by Qualcomm

MANCHESTER, N.H.–()–FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a global, Ok-12 not-for-profit group based to encourage younger individuals’s curiosity and participation in science and know-how, launched its 2017-18 FIRST® Tech Challenge season with a web based sport reveal on September 9. Teams of scholars and grownup mentors gathered at extra than 100 worldwide Kickoff occasions to get a primary glimpse of this season’s adventure-themed sport: FIRST RELIC RECOVERY℠ Presented by Qualcomm Incorporated. An estimated 60,000 college students on 6,000 groups in 25 nations world wide will take part this season.

FIRST Strategic Partner Qualcomm returns because the Season Presenting Sponsor for the 2017-18 FIRST Tech Challenge season. With its dedication to groups, through direct funding and time donated by tons of of staff, Qualcomm is doing its half to convey innovation, collaboration, and STEM schooling to college students everywhere in the world. Qualcomm directly supports occasions, applications, and hundreds of groups globally.

“FIRST is about a lot extra than robots. In addition to hands-on expertise with innovative know-how, FIRST members be taught management and different abilities vital to achieve industries like ours, the place good minds want to consistently push the boundaries of what’s attainable,” mentioned Matt Grob, govt vp of know-how for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “I’m pleased with our longstanding relationship with FIRST and excited to return because the FIRST Tech Challenge Season Presenting Sponsor.”

FIRST Tech Challenge is a extensively accessible robotics program for grades 7 by means of 12 that promotes project-based studying. Teams design, construct, program, and function small robots – in regards to the dimension of a mean microwave – to compete in a brand new sport every year.

“The true worth of FIRST Tech Challenge is within the expertise of working as a staff to do one thing you didn’t suppose was attainable. It’s about self-discovery, staff constructing, and drawback fixing,” mentioned Donald E. Bossi, president of FIRST. “That’s why FIRST applications are good for educators to use to assist their college students switch classroom ideas to real-world purposes and put together them for the longer term. That’s additionally why 200 schools, universities and different suppliers make $50 million in scholarships obtainable to FIRST college students.”

In the 2017-18 sport, FIRST RELIC RECOVERY, groups work in an alliance to go on a robotic journey. The purpose is to rating extra factors than the opposing alliance throughout 150 seconds of sport play that features autonomous and driver-controlled intervals. Teams rating factors by navigating to particular elements of the 12×12-foot taking part in area, retrieving opponent-colored jewels from platforms, scoring sq. “glyphs” into grid-shaped cryptoboxes, creating cipher patterns with the glyphs, transferring “relics” to a “recovery zone,” and parking on “balancing stones.”

“We’re excited for FIRST Tech Challenge groups to dig in to RELIC RECOVERY,” mentioned Ken Johnson, director of FIRST Tech Challenge. “This 12 months, we’re introducing the REV Robotics Expansion Hub to streamline wiring and give groups extra choices in how they construct their robots, all whereas lowering staff price. Combined with the potential of the Android working system and the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor at the heart of the control system, groups can construct actually modern designs.”

FIRST Tech Challenge applications use a confirmed system to interact pupil curiosity in science, know-how, engineering, and math (STEM) and enhance self-confidence. Eighty-six % of members have an elevated curiosity in doing properly in class, 87 % are extra concerned about going to school, and 92 % expertise a rise of their management abilities.

Need-based grants supported by beneficiant sponsors at the moment are obtainable for brand new and returning FIRST Tech Challenge groups collaborating within the 2017-18 season. Learn extra about staff grants at

FIRST Tech Challenge Global Sponsors embrace Official Program Sponsor Rockwell Collins, Official 3D Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Sponsor PTC, and Season Presenting Sponsor Qualcomm.

About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen based FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to encourage an appreciation of science and know-how in younger individuals. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, modern applications to construct self-confidence, information, and life abilities whereas motivating younger individuals to pursue alternatives in science, know-how, and engineering. With assist from over 200 of the Fortune 500 firms and extra than $50 million in school scholarships, the not-for-profit group hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for college students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades Four-Eight; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades Ok-Four. Gracious Professionalism® is a approach of doing issues that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the worth of others, and respects people and the neighborhood. To be taught extra about FIRST, go to

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