MANCHESTER, N.H., Apr 26, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — –More than 25,000 fans attending FIRST Championship in St. Louis as the world’s top organizations support the innovative skills of 10,000 students in four K-12 FIRST programs
FIRST(R) (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 that Qualcomm is the Official Championship Sponsor for the 2013 FIRST Championship, being held at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, April 24-27.
“We’re honored to include Qualcomm in the impressive list of leading organizations that are investing in our future leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through their support of FIRST,” said Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST. “Qualcomm’s support, along with the support of all of our Sponsors, ignites and fuels our celebration of student accomplishments in science, technology, and innovation at the FIRST Championship.”
FIRST Sponsors provide the resources to help FIRST offer its annual Championship. Working alongside thousands of Coaches, Mentors, and Volunteers, 10,000 young people from around the nation and the world have earned a coveted spot to compete at the FIRST Championship, thanks to FIRST Sponsors. The international event showcases student teams from FIRST(R) Robotics Competition (FRC(R)) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST(R) Tech Challenge (FTC(R)) for Grades 7-12; FIRST(R) LEGO(R) League (FLL(R)) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST(R) LEGO(R) League (Jr.FLL(R)) for Grades K-3.
The FIRST Championship, which brings in more than 25,000 spectators and students, has an estimated economic impact of $20 million to the St. Louis area. The city has hosted the Championship since 2011. More than 200 of the Fortune 500 companies support FIRST. FIRST offers more than $16 million in college scholarships.
2013 Championship Program Sponsors this year are: Abbott, The Boeing Company, The Coca-Cola Company, FedEx, NASA, National Defense Education Program, NRG Energy, Inc., United Technologies, and U.S. Air Force.
Other 2013 Championship Sponsors include: Air National Guard, Autodesk, Comcast, Good Samaritan Society, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), Renesas Electronics, SAIC, Saint Louis Science Center, Siemens Industry, Inc., Southwest Airlines, SpaceX, Stanley Black & Decker, and UL. Also, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), a new Booth Sponsor, will share a booth with their partner, Oak Ridge National Labs’ Manufacturing Demonstration Facility.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST(R) (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 $16 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST(R) Robotics Competition (FRC(R) ) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST(R) Tech Challenge (FTC(R) ) for Grades 7-12; FIRST(R) LEGO(R) League (FLL(R) ) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST(R) LEGO(R) League (Jr.FLL(R)) for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism(R) 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.usfirst.org.
– Cheryl Walsh, FIRST