FIRST ® to Unveil Innovative New Game at 2010 First Robotics Competition Kickoff

Harnessing the Power of Sports to Promote the Possibilities In Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Media Invited to Attend Local U.S. Regional Kickoffs as Teams Participate via NASA-TV & Webcast

(BUSINESS WIRE) — January 6, 2010FIRST



FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) launches its FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC®) season with a Kickoff event. The 2010 season will include more than 1,800 teams (over 45,000 high-school students) participating in 50 regional and district events. All teams will be shown the 2010 game field for the first time and will receive a common Kit of Parts made up of motors, batteries, a control system, and a mix of automation components – but no instructions. They will then have six weeks to design and build robots to meet this year’s engineering challenge.

Public officials across the nation will deliver remarks, including:
-- Hon. John Lynch, Governor of New Hampshire
-- Hon. Linda Lingle, Governor of Hawaii; and
-- Hon. Rick Perry, Governor of Texas.


Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC®) is an annual competition that challenges high-school students – working alongside professional Mentors – to design and build a robot of their own, and compete in a ‘varsity sport for the mind’ that measures the effectiveness of each robot, the power of teamwork and collaboration, and Gracious Professionalism™. Students build and program their own robots against a field of competitors and experience the excitement of science, engineering, technology and innovation.



Saturday, January 9, 2010 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time


Southern New Hampshire University, 2500 North River Road, Manchester, N.H.

Remote teams will tune in via NASA-TV broadcast and Web cast from 57 local Kickoffs. To locate teams in your area, visit and click on the map in the top right corner. For a listing of local Kickoff locations, visit .



2010 FIRST Kickoff Event Locations:

AK, Anchorage

NC, Mooresville

AZ, Phoenix

NH, Manchester

CA, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose

NJ, Newark, Skillman

CO, Denver

NV, Las Vegas

CT, Farmington

NY, Brooklyn, Rochester, Stony Brook

FL, Melbourne, Orlando, Plantation

OH, Cleveland, Columbus

GA, Atlanta

OK, Stillwater

HI, Honolulu

OR, Corvallis, Oregon City

ID, Idaho Falls

PA, Drexel Hill, Pittsburgh

IL, Chicago

SC, Clemson

IN, Indianapolis, West Lafayette

TN, Memphis

KS, Olathe

TX, Austin, Houston, Plano, San Antonio

MA, Boston, Worcester

UT, Salt Lake City

MD, Laurel

VA, Hampton, Richmond

MI, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Novi

WA, Cheney, Mountlake Terrace

MN, Minneapolis

Washington, D.C.

MO, Saint Louis

WI, Pewaukee

MS, Stennis Space Center



ON, Toronto
Central Israel, Herzelia

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