2010 FIRST Championship Press Release

FIRST News Release

FIRST ® Championship Draws More Than 10,000 Young People in Three Levels of Robotics Challenges at the Ultimate Celebration of Science and Technology

Inventor Dean Kamen, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Professional Engineers and Sponsors Recognize Exceptional Robotics Competitors
Special Video Appearance by Bill Gates

ATLANTA , April 17, 2010 - Twenty thousand FIRST® supporters - mentors, students, volunteers, sponsorsand fans - gathered this weekend at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to experiencethe FIRST (ForInspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, theultimate heart-pounding, high-energy celebration of science and technology. The19th annual FIRSTChampionship culminated in a frenzied final round of robotic matches when teamsfrom RedondoBeach, Calif., Milford, Mich., and South Windsor, Conn., emerged victorious as the winning FIRST® Robotics Competition alliance. FIRST founder, inventor Dean Kamen,presented this award and a list of others, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joinedKamen in presenting the 2010 FIRSTDean’s List Award.

Morethan 500 teams from 30 countries competed in the three levels of FIRST: FIRST® LEGO®League (FLL®, grades 4 to 8, 9 to 14-year-olds in the U.S andCanada; 9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S and Canada); FIRST®Tech Challenge (FTC®, grades 9 to 12, 14 to 18-year-olds); and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC®,grades 9 to 12, ages 14-18).

"Over the past fewdays in Atlanta, we have had the opportunity to inspire the next generation ofinnovators and engineers," said Kamen. "This is increasingly important as wetry to build momentum in the U.S. to fuel a robust talentpipeline of innovative 21st century STEM professionals. For the thousands ofyoung problem-solvers who participated in the FIRST Championship, we caught a glimpse of the great things thatare in store when these students tackle greater challenges in years ahead."

Anothernoted technologist, Bill Gates, sent a special video offering encouragement andcongratulations to all competitors at the FIRSTChampionship.

FIRST is a not-for-profit thatcelebrates science and technology via robotics competitions worldwide. The501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization inspiresyoung people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in excitingmentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills,that encourages innovation, and that foster self-confidence, communication, andleadership.

The FIRSTCommunity continues to grow with more than 212,000 students, 90,000volunteers, thousands of alumni, and more than 3,500 sponsors.This year’s event marked the highest level of participation since FIRST began in 1992 in a New Hampshirehigh school gymnasium with one level of competition. FIRST now offers three distinct and challenging levels ofcompetitions. Following are descriptions of each competition and winners:

High-school student teams built their robots from a kit of hundreds of parts insix weeks. More than 340 teams competed in "BreakawayT," a soccer-like game toclimb obstacles and score goals against their opponents. The Winning Alliance of the FIRST Robotics CompetitionChampionship was: Team 294, "BeachCities Robotics," Redondo Beach, Calif.; Team 67, "The HOT Team," Milford, Mich.;Team 177, "Bobcat Robotics," South Windsor, Conn., from the Newton Division.

Team341 "Miss Daisy" of Ambler, Pa., won the Chairman’s Award, the highest honorgiven at the FRC Championship, recognizing the team that best represents amodel for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.

Winnersof the Dean’s List Award were: Beth Hadley, Team 548,"Robostangs," Northville, Mich.; Seth Berg, Team 694,"StuyPulse," New York, N.Y.; Kyle Fender, Team 1002, "TheCircuitRunners," Marietta, Ga.; Carlos Pineda, Team 1480, "RobatosLocos," Houston, Texas; Ian Graham, Team 1535, "Knights of Alloy,"Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario,Canada; Delia Votsch, Team 1712, "Spirit of the United Neretva," Ardmore,Pa.; Caitlin Mori, Team 2437, "Lancer Robotics,"Honolulu, Hawaii;Luke Scime, Team 2614, "MARS," Morgantown, W.V.; Sarah Heimlich, Team3132, "Thunder Down Under," Sydney, Australia; Ingrid Fiedler, Team3368, "Dawgma," Mostar, Herzegovina.

More than 100 teams competed in the "Hot ShotT" FIRST Tech Challenge, in which teams’robots earned points by collecting and firing balls into their designated goals.The FIRST TechChallengeWorld Championship Inspire Award,recognizing excellence in robot design and teamwork, went to Team 25
"Rock ‘n Roll Robots" from Arcadia, Calif. The FIRST Tech Challenge Winning Alliance was Team2868 (Captain) "Smoke and Mirrors" from Lakeland, Fla.; Team 2843 "Under the Son"from Hollywood, Md.; and Team 3864 "GForce" from Aiken, S.C.

Eighty-four teams from around the world participated in the FIRST LEGO League WorldFestival. This year’s challenge, "Smart Move," focused on applyingrobotics and research to some of today’s transportation safety and efficiencyproblems. Top honors went to Champion’sAward 1st Place winner, Team 3013, "The Inventioneers" from Londonderry,N.H.; Champion’s Award 2nd Place winner,Team 1262, "Get Smart" from Peoria, Ariz.; and Champion’s Award 3rd Place winner, Team 127, "Cougars" from Columbus,Ohio. The Champion’sAward measures how teams inspire and motivate others about the excitementand wonders of science and technology, while demonstrating Gracious ProfessionalismT.

FIRST alsorecognized the recipients of numerous educational scholarships worth $12million from the most prestigious science and engineering schools in thecountry, such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvey Mudd College,Kettering University, Georgia Tech, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,Carnegie Mellon University, Purdue University, Worcester Polytechnic Instituteand Bucknell University.

The honors that were awarded at the FIRSTChampionship included:

  • Founder’s Award, presented each year by FIRST founder Dean Kamen to one organization or individual for exceptional service in advancing the ideals and mission of FIRST - Rockwell Collins;
  • Woodie Flowers Award, founded by Dr. William P. Murphy Jr. to recognize an outstanding engineer or teacher who best demonstrates teaching excellence in teaching science, math and creative design - Chris Fultz, Program Director, Rolls-Royce Corp.

FIRST Robotics Competition Championship:

  • Engineering Inspiration Award - Team 141, "WO-BOT," Michigan
  • Volunteer of the Year Award, celebrates one individual who has had a sustained impact on the FIRST Championship by actively supporting FIRST programs through leadership and personal commitment over an extended period - Capt. Vincent Wilczynski, Ph.D., Dean of Engineering, U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
  • Championship Finalists - Team 1114, "Simbotics," Ontario, Canada; Team 469, "Las Guerrillas," Michigan; Team 2041, "The Robocats," Illinois
  • Division Winners - Archimedes Division: Team 254, "Cheesy Poofs," California; Team 233, "The Pink Team," Florida; Team 3357, "COMETS," Michigan. Curie Division: Team 1114, "Simbotics," Ontario, Canada; Team 469, "Las Guerrillas," Michigan; Team 2041, "The Robocats," Illinois.  Galileo Division: Team 1625, "Winnovation," Illinois; Team 2056, "OP Robotics," Ontario, Canada; Team 3138, "Innovators Robotics," Ohio. Newton Division: Team 294, "Beach Cities Robotics," California; Team 67, "The HOT Team," Michigan; Team 177, "Bobcat Robotics," Connecticut  
  • Division Finalists - Archimedes Division: Team 33, "Killer Bees," Michigan; Team 148, "Robowrangler, Texas; Team 201, "The FEDS," Michigan. Curie Division: Team 1986, "Team Titanium, Missouri; Team 1676, "The Pascack PI-oneers," New Jersey; Team 888, "Robotiators," Maryland; Team 1421, "Team Chaos," Mississippi. Galileo Division: Team 1086, "Blue Cheese," Virginia; Team 217, "ThunderChickens," Michigan; Team 2429, "LCEC," California. Newton Division: Team 1718, "The Fighting Pi," Michigan; Team 16, "Bomb Squad," Arkansas; Team 343, "Metal-In-Motion," South Carolina
  • CoopertitionT Award - Archimedes Division: Team 254, "Cheesy Poofs," California; Curie Division: Team 2612, "Waterford Mott Destroyers," Michigan; Galileo Division: Team 1086, "Blue Cheese," Virginia; Newton Division: Team 294, "Beach Cities Robotics," California
  • Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox - Team 469, "Las Guerillas," Michigan
  • Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi - Team 2056, "OP Robotics," Ontario, Canada
  • Entrepreneurship Awardsponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers - Team 1714, "More Robotics," Wisconsin
  • Excellence in Design Award (3D) sponsored by Autodesk - Team 234, "Cyber Blue," Indiana
  • Excellence in Design Award (Animation) sponsored by Autodesk - Team 1671, "DOC," California
  • Gracious ProfessionalismT Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson - Team 1305, "Ice Cubed," Ontario, Canada
  • Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen - Team 2839, "The Daedalus Project," California
  • Industrial Design Awardsponsored by General Motors - Team 33, "Killer Bees," Michigan
  • Industrial Safety Awardsponsored by Underwriters Laboratories - Team 597, "Wolverines," California
  • Innovation in Control Awardsponsored by Rockwell Automation - Team 1986, "Team Titanium," Missouri
  • Quality Award sponsored by Motorola - Team 1717, "D’Penguineers," California
  • Team Spirit Awardsponsored by Chrysler - Team 2283, "Panteras," Mexico
  • Highest Rookie Seed Award - Archimedes Division: Team 3280, "RhodeRebels," Rhode Island; Curie Division: Team 3234, "Lowell Red Arrows," MI; Galileo Division: Team 3138, "Innovators Robotics, Ohio; Newton Division: Team 3168, "Warriors," Virginia
  • Rookie All-star Award - Team 3138, "Innovators Robotics," Ohio
  • Rookie Inspiration Award - Team 3158, "TECBOT," Mexico
  • Website Award - Team 461, "Westside Boiler Invasion," Indiana
  • Judges’ Award - Black Tie Award: Team 1583, "Ridge View Academy Rambotics," Colorado;
  • Judges’ Award; Team 1577, "steampunk," Israel

FIRST Tech Challenge WorldChampionship:

  • Volunteer of the Year Award - Vince Frascella, New Jersey
  • World Championship Finalists - Team 3855, "Tempered Steel," Minnesota; Team 154, "Renegade Robotics," RI; Team 2859, "Team Tiki," Virginia
  • Division Finalists - Edison Division: Team 577, "Wreckers," Connecticut; Team 2888, "Oddly Charged Particles," Missouri; Team 1885, "ILITE Robotics," Virginia; Franklin Division: Team 568, "Steelers," Wisconsin; Team 3531, "The Short Circuits," Oregon; Team 452, "PHI Power through Higher Innovation," California
  • PTC Design Award - Team 245, "Roberts Creek Xtreme Robotic Minds," British Columbia, Canada
  • Connect Award - Team 1, "Team Unlimited," Massachusetts
  • Rockwell Collins Innovate Award - Team 3595, "Euler’s Number Pi the Speed of Light," Arkansas
  • Motivate Award - Team 2859, "Team Tiki," Virginia
  • Think Award - Team 568, "Steelers," Wisconsin
  • Judges’ Awards - The Generations Award: Team 32, "Einstein’s Daughters," California;
  • Philosopher’s Muse: Team 542, "WHS Robotics," California

FIRST LEGO League World Festival:

  • Mechanical Design Award - Team 3322, "LOL Comets", California
  • Programming Award - Team 7208, "Nanites", Oregon
  • Robot Performance Award - Team 12000, "Mov(i)e Stars", Germany
  • Research Award - Team 7185, "Mindstorm Masters," Washington
  • Innovative Solution Award - Team 9, "Falcon Eye," Egypt
  • Sharing Award - Team 3569, "6 Chics and a Dude," Maine
  • Inspiration Award - Team 22, "Fire-Breathing Rubber Duckies," Oregon
  • Gracious ProfessionalismT Award - Team 12400, "Blau La Vall," Spain
  • Teamwork Award - Team 4514, "Legonauts," California
  • Outstanding Volunteer Awards - Laura Melnik, Florida, and Jake Ingman, Iowa
  • Adult Coach/Mentor Awards - Mamdouh Azmy and Iman Al Mallah of Egypt, and Scott Gray of Arizona
  • Judges’ Awards
      • Team 3236, "X-Treme Botz," Alaska
  • Team 12100, "Smove," The Netherlands
  • Team 13600, "The Fantastic Rebuilders," Haiti
  • Team 13550, "ECOBOTS," Colombia
  • Team 9982, "Cyborg Kitties," South Dakota
  • Team 2965, "Les D`ebrouillards," Canada

For a completelisting of awards, match results and scholarship winners, please visit FIRST online at www.usfirst.org and click on the "FIRST Championship"headline.


Official Championship Sponsors of the 2010 FIRST Championship include: Abbott,Autodesk, BAE Systems, SAIC and United Technologies, Other FIRST sponsors this year are: Boeing-FIRST Championship Sponsor; FedEx Corporation-FIRST Shipping Sponsor; NASA-Machine Shop and Satellite BroadcastSponsor; Underwriters Laboratories, Inc- FIRSTSafety Partner; Association for Laboratory Automation (ALA)-FIRST Judges Sponsor; Google-FIRST Event Sponsor; Missouri S&T-FIRST Scholarship Row Sponsor; CentralIntelligence Agency and Rolls Royce-FIRSTRobotics Conference Sponsors.

About FIRST®

Accomplishedinventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration andRecognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation ofscience and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designsaccessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and lifeskills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science,technology, and . support from three out of every five Fortune500 companies and more than $12 million in college scholarships, thenot-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® RoboticsCompetition (FRC® ) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST® LEGO®League (FLL® ) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside theU.Sand Canada) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League(Jr.FLLT) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious ProfessionalismT is a way ofdoing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others,and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, goto www.usfirst.org.

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