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Rochester Business Journal
December 12, 2013

The For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics program is holding a FIRST Tech Challenge competition at St. John Fisher College on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FIRST Robotics sponsors four programs with leagues for both for elementary and middle school students, a FIRST Robotics competition for high school students and, for the first time, the FIRST Tech Challenge for 7-12th graders competition.

The FTC competition includes robots doing various tasks such as moving blocks into goals, raising flags, balancing on a tilting bridge and suspending from pull up bars. The 24 teams participating each have 10 students from seventh through 12th grade. The matches each take under three minutes.

Time Warner Cable Inc., St. John Fisher College and Xerox Corp. sponsor the event. Winners are to advance to the regional championship at Pace University in New York City with an opportunity to advance to the international championship in St. Louis.

The FIRST Tech Challenge program aims to develop enthusiasm of youth in areas of science, technology and discovery as well as teaching participants the tenets of leadership; science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills and concepts; and teamwork. The mission of the FIRST program is to encourage younger generations to become science and technology leaders.

“Our desire is for any student in this area of New York to have an opportunity to participate on a team so they can learn more about STEM,” said Glen Pearson, regional director of the New York FIRST program. “We feel hosting this tournament as a compliment to the FLL Championship held last Sunday and the FRC Regional event at RIT in March of 2014 will open up that opportunity by starting new teams.”

(c) 2013 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail

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