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FIRST® Robotics Competition
Start Date: 3/27/2014 All Day
End Date: 3/29/2014

Event Description:
Teams of area high school students are gearing up for the Greater Pittsburgh Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, set for March 27-29 in the Convocation Center at California University of Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1989, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) encourages young people to explore science, technology, engineering and math in an environment that blends sports-style competition with mentorship and cooperation. Events and competitions for students of all ages encourage high-quality work and emphasize cooperation and respect.

The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC®) hosted by California University is a varsity Sport for the Mind™ designed for students in grades 9-12. More than 1,000 students on as many as 54 teams are expected to compete in the 2014 Greater Pittsburgh Regional tournament.

Volunteer to assist with the FIRST Robotics Competition March 27-29 at Cal U

How FIRST works

In FIRST robotics competitions, customized robots compete in a game-style challenge that changes from year to year.

View an animated video of the 2013 game challenge, Ultimate Ascent

This year's challenge and game rules will be/were announced Jan. 4 at the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff at Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School. Competitors who can’t attend a local event can watch the kickoff live online at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 4.

After the kickoff, each robot must be designed and built in just six weeks, beginning with a common “kit of parts” provided to each team. Mentors typically engineers and/or previous FIRST competitors provide expert advice and support for each team of students.

Winners of regional events are eligible to compete in the FIRST Championship, held April 23-26 in St. Louis, Mo.

Volunteer to assist with the FIRST Robotics Competition March 27-29 at Cal U

About the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition

- This year, more than 71,000 young people worldwide will form an estimated 2,850 FIRST Robotics Competition teams.

- Some 17,000 mentors and adult supporters will assist the teams, and more than 11,000 volunteers will help to stage 54 regional events, four state/regional championships and 36 district competitions from coast to coast.

- More than 3,000 companies have signed on as FIRSTsponsors.

- High school students on FIRST Robotics Competition teams are eligible to apply for over $18 million in college and university scholarships.

The regional competition March 27-29 at the Cal U Convocation Center is expected to include as many as 54 teams from high schools, vocational schools and organizations in the greater Pittsburgh region and beyond. Teams also bring fans, family members and other boosters to the competition, which is free and open to the public.

Additional Information

FIRST and the FIRST logo are registered trademarks.
Location Information:
Main Campus  (View Map)
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

Main Campus - Convocation Center  (View Map)
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419
First logo (triangle, circle and diamond all intertwined)

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