FIRST Announces Official Sponsors for the 2011 Championship in St. Louis

FIRST News Release

FIRST® Announces Official Sponsors for the 2011 Championship in St. Louis: AT&T, Siemens and the U.S. Air Force.

An estimated 20,000 expected to descend upon the Edward Jones Dome as the world’s leading organizations support the work of 11,000 students competing at the international robotics event 

MANCHESTER, N.H., April 11, 2011 FIRST® (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 AT&T, Siemens and the U.S. Air Force have joined a growing list of Official Championship Sponsors for the 2011 FIRST Championship, to be held at the Edward Jones Dome, April 27-30, in St. Louis.

Close to 11,000 young people from around the nation and the world who have worked alongside 90,000 Coaches, Mentors and Volunteers have the earned the right to compete at the FIRST Championship, thanks to the support of FIRST Sponsors. The event showcases student teams from the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®), both for high-school-age students; FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) for elementary and middle-school students; and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League for 6 to 9-year-olds.   

“We’re honored to welcome AT&T, Siemens and the U.S. Air Force to the distinguished list of world-class organizations that recognize the importance of supporting our future leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM),” said Jon Dudas, president, FIRST. “Their support and the collective support of all of our Sponsors ― from the beginning through this, our 20th FRC season, ensure that all of our students’ efforts in science and technology are celebrated and rewarded on a world stage.”

In addition to AT&T, Siemens  and the U.S. Air Force, other Official Championship Sponsors for the 2011 FIRST Championship include: Abbott, Autodesk, BAE Systems, SAIC and United Technologies. Other FIRST Sponsors this year are: The Boeing Company, Coca-Cola, glacéau vitaminwater, and the National Defense Education Program (NDEP); FedEx Corporation–FIRST Shipping Sponsor; NASA–Machine Shop and Satellite Broadcast Sponsor; UL–FIRST Safety Partner; Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS)–FIRST Judges Sponsor; Google–FIRST Event Sponsor; Maryville University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Missouri–FIRST Scholarship Row Sponsors; and Central Intelligence Agency, Honda, and Rolls Royce–FIRST Robotics Conference Sponsors.

Founding Sponsors, organizations that have supported FIRST from its inception, include: Baxter, Boston Scientific, The Chrysler Foundation, DEKA Research & Development, Delphi, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Motorola and Xerox.  

Strategic Partners, organizations that offer strategic support to keep FIRST programs successful, include: BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, DEKA Research & Development, FedEx Corporation, General Motors, jcpenney, Johnson & Johnson, Motorola Mobility Foundation, Motorola Solutions Foundation, NASA, National Instruments, Rockwell Automation, Rockwell Collins and Time Warner Cable. 

About FIRST  

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (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 three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $14 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (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 the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL™) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism 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.
 

Media Contact:

Cheryl Walsh, FIRST
Senior Director, Media, Marketing & Alliances
Ph. 603-206-2460