Press Release Archives

2013 Press Releases

Sept. 10 Dean Kamen Invites More Than 30,000 Students Around the World to the FIRST Tech Challenge “FTC BLOCK PARTY!SM
Aug. 27 230,000 Children Worldwide to Devise Innovative Solutions to Keep People and Property Safe Before, During, and After a Natural Disaster
Aug. 16 FIRST and 3M Showcase the Excitement of Science and Engineering on the NASCAR Track with Sprint Cup Series Driver Greg Biffle
June 18 Kid Inventors Win $20,000 Prize for Creating Device to Help Seniors Pick Up Small Objects
June 13 FIRST Welcomes Six New Members to Dynamic Board of Directors
June 10 FIRST and IndyCar Driver Charlie Kimball Team Up to Encourage Kids to Pursue STEM Careers
May 15 Successful Technology Executive, Don Bossi, Named President of FIRST
May 13 International, Afterschool, K-12 Robotics Organization, FIRST Appoints Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors
April 27 10,000+ Students From Around the World Put Custom-Built Robots to the Test at 2013 FIRST Championship
April 26 FIRST Announces Official Championship Sponsor and Growing List of Sponsors for the Annual Championship
April 22
FIRST Students Honored at White House Science Fair
April 11 FIRST Announces Recipients of Inaugural Dr. Bart Kamen Memorial Scholarship Fund
April 4 FIRST Names Former Hewlett-Packard New Business Leader as Vice President of Development
Mar. 28 FIRST LEGO League Announces 3rd Annual Global Innovation Award Competition Presented by X PRIZE Foundation
Feb. 7 FIRST Appoints Staff to Manage Robotics Programs in Growing Regions
Jan. 5 FIRST ULTIMATE ASCENTSM  2013 Robotics Game Revealed
Jan. 4 FIRST Announces Endowed Scholarship Fund to Honor the Memory of Long-Time Volunteer Dr. Bart Kamen

2012 Press Releases

Oct. 25 FIRST Women in Science & Technology Forum to Help Female High-School Students Explore Education and Career Options
Oct. 22 FIRST Extends Annual Robotics Championship in St. Louis Through 2014
Sept. 13 Dean Kamen Encourages More Than 25,000 Students Around The World to RING IT UP!SM For The 2012-2013 FIRST Tech Challenge Game
Sept. 6 Iowa Includes FIRST in Groundbreaking Legislation to Promote Student STEM Learning
Aug. 7 FIRST Receives Innovation Generation Grant 
June 27 Google and Boeing Leaders Appointed to FIRST  Board of Directors
June 27 FIRST Founder Keynotes U.S. News and World Report STEM Summit Today
June 26 FIRST, the LEGO Foundation and LEGO Education  Extend ‘Graduation Grants’ to FIRST Robotics Teams Globally
June 20 Two FIRST LEGO League Teams Tie for First Place in Dean Kamen's Food Safety Youth Invention Challenge 
May 22 FIRST Tech Challenge Announces Three-Year Sponsorship From Alcoa
May 21 FIRST, The LEGO Foundation and LEGO Education Announce ‘Graduation Grants’ Available To FIRST Robotics Teams
April 30 Video Available from FIRST Championship Featuring NBA Hall of Famer, Pop Superstar, and Inventors
April 28 Biggest FIRST Championship Ever Features NBA Hall of Famer, Reigning World Series Champion, Pop Superstar, Celebrity Chef, Inventors, and Government Officials
April 28 FIRST Announces Strategic Alliance With Boys and Girls Clubs of America
April 26 FIRST Tech Challenge Expands Options to Allow a New Mechanical Building System for Competitions
April 23 FIRST Announces Alliance with National Parent Teacher Association®
Feb. 6 FIRST Students Invited to Second Annual White House Science Fair
Feb. 2 Vestas Wind Systems Renews Three-Year Sponsorship With FIRST LEGO League
Jan. 7 "Rebound RumbleSM" Robotics Game Unveiled by Dean Kamen and Host of Celebrities to 60,000 High-School Students at 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff
Jan. 5              Announcing the FIRST Innovators Award Presented by the Abbott Fund


2011 Press Releases

Dec. 28 FIRST Appoints Seasoned 'Veterans' to Manage Robotics Programs in Growing Regions 
Dec. 21 FIRST LEGO League Kid-Invention to Receive Product Development Opportunity Valued at up to $250,000
Dec. 5 FIRST, Yale Alumni Group Announce Strategic Alliance
Nov. 8 FIRST ‘Green’ a Modern Day Twist on Team Fundraising Methods
Oct. 28 Manchester Board of School Committee Funds FIRST Robotics Programs for City's High-School System
Oct. 7 FIRST Adds Kinect for Xbox 360 Technology to High-School Robotics Competition Tool Kit for 2012
Sept. 6 More than 200,000 kid scientists take on food contamination in inventor Dean Kamen's FIRST food safety Challenge 
Sept. 3 The Black Eyed Peas Frontman and Dean Kamen Urge More Than 21,000 High School-Age Students Worldwide to be "BOWLED OVER!" 
Aug. 16 President Obama Makes Surprise Appearance on " FIRST - Science is Rock and Roll" 
July 20 jcpenny Demonstrates the Power of a Penny to Support Local Youth
June 17           FIRST LEGO League Kid Inventors Meet Three-Year Old Who is Using Their Patent-Pending Prostehetic Device for the First Time
April 30 St. Louis Native John Doerr and his Family Honored during FIRST Championship
April 30 2011 FIRST Championship Celebrates Science, Technology and Teamwork with and White House Technology Officer   
April 29 FIRST Announces PTC As Strategic Partner 
April 25 Time Warner Cable Chairman and CEO Appointed to FIRST Board of Directors
April 18 Iowa FIRST LEGO League Team Wins Inaugural Global Innovation Award  
April 11 FIRST Announces Official Sponsors for the 2011 Championship in St. Louis: AT&T, Siemens and the U.S. Air Force 
Mar. 22 FIRST  Announces $14.7 Million in College Scholarships for 2011
Mar. 1 FIRST and PTC Expand Collaboration to Bring FIRST Tech Challenge to India, China and Eastern Europe
Jan. 31 Dean Kamen and FIRST® LEGO® League Seek Kid Inventors Globally
Jan. 8                      "LOGO MOTION™" Game Revealed by Dean Kamen and to 50,000 High-School Students at 2011 FIRST™ Robotics Competition Kickoff, Grammy-winning entertainer, says "FIRST is cool"


2010 Press Releases

Dec. 17 FIRST® LEGO® League Signs Three-Year Sponsorship With Statoil
Dec. 14 FIRST® Names New Executive Advisory Board Members
Nov. 24 NASA Looks To FIRST® To Build Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers 
Nov. 17 FIRST® Appoints New Regional Directors for North America 
Oct. 19 FIRST® Announces New Rookie Team Incentive Program 
Oct. 18 FIRST® Robotics Teams Honored at White House Science Fair 
Sept. 28 FIRST®, Automation Federation and the International Society of Automation Announce Strategic Alliance to Inspire Next Generation Of Engineering and Automation Professionals
Sept. 11 Dean Kamen Encourages More Than 15,000 High School-Age Students to “GET OVER IT!™” in the 2010 FIRST® Tech Challenge
Sept. 7     Dean Kamen Introduces Children to the World of Biomedical Engineering in the FIRST® LEGO® League "Body Forward®" Challenge 
Aug. 19 FIRST®Tech Challenge Director to Lead Industry Panel at the Association of Unmanned Vehicles (AUVSI) Conference 
Aug. 12 FIRST® Tech Challenge Director to Keynote Annual Kickoff for Rockwell Collins Educational Outreach Program 
Aug. 10 Shaheen, Kamen Call for Investment in Science, Technology Education 
July 13 FIRST® Appoints New Regional Directors in Four States 
June 15 Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent Office Named President of FIRST® 
June 10 FIRST® Names JCPenney as a Strategic Partner; JCPenney Chairman and CEO Appointed to FIRST Board of Directors 
June 2 SAIC CEO Appointed Chairman of FIRST® Board of Directors
April 17 FIRST® Championship Draws More Than 10,000 Young People in Three Levels of Robotics Challenges at the Ultimate Celebration of Science and Technology   
April 16 FIRST® and Underwriters Laboratories Named Safety Alliance Partners 
April 16 FIRST® Names Time Warner Cable Strategic Partner 
April 14 19th Annual FIRST® Championship Founded by Inventor Dean Kamen Captures the Excitement for Science and Technology Among Young People With Three Levels of Robotics Competitions Planned for Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, April 15-17 
Mar. 22 FIRST® LEGO® League Signs Three-Year Sponsorship with Vestas
Feb. 19 FIRST® Appoints New Regional Directors for Pittsburgh and New Hampshire
Jan. 11 SAIC Launches Enterprise-Wide Initiative to Support K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education 
Jan. 9      "Breakaway" Game Revealed by Dean Kamen to 45,000 High-School Students at 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff 
April 19          20,000 Cheer FIRST Students at the Ultimate Celebration of Science and Technology


2009 Press Releases

Dec. 30 FIRST® Appoints Roseann Stevens To Lead Field Operations
Dec. 16 Young Scientists from Meadow Vista, California Present Invention to Nordic Royalty at UN COP15 
Dec. 14 FIRST® and MIT Form Strategic Alliance 
Dec. 10 FIRST® and Society of Women Engineers Form Strategic Alliance
Nov. 4 FIRST® LEGO® League Announces Biomedical Engineering Theme for 2010 Robotics Season 
Oct. 7 FIRST® Selects the City of St. Louis as Site of Annual Robotics Championship from 2011 Through 2013 
Oct. 7 Noted Cirque du Soleil Technical Director and Hollywood Film and TV Producer Join FIRST® Robotics Competition Game Design Committee
Oct. 2 FIRST® Appoints Five New Regional Directors in Arizona, Hawaii, Long Island, New York, North Carolina, and Canada 
Sept. 12 13,000 High-School Students Shoot for Gold in 2009 FIRST® "Hotshot!" Tech Challenge
Sept. 3 Dean Kamen Asks the World's Children to Transform Transportation in the FIRST® LEGO® League "Smart Move" Challenge
Sept. 3 FIRST® Names Rockwell Collins Official Program Sponsor for the FIRST Tech Challenge Program 
Aug. 6 FIRST® Announces Appointment of Ned Smith as Regional Director
July 28 FIRST® Appoints Fundraising Veteran Roy Temper To Lead Worldwide Development Efforts
June 26 FIRSTTM Robotics Team Participates In White House Roundtable on Title IX
June 10 Robert Parkinson Appointed to FIRSTTM Board of Directors 
April 20 FIRSTTM Adds JavaTM Technology to the FIRST Robotics Competition Tool Kit
April 19 20,000 Cheer FIRST Students at the Ultimate Celebration of Science and Technology
April 18 FIRST™ Names Motorola Foundation Strategic Partner
April 17 National 4-H Council Announces Alliance with FIRST
April 14 National Instruments™ Named Strategic Partner by FIRST™ Organization  
April 14 FIRSTTM Championship Ignites Students’ Scientific Savvy with Three Levels of Robotics Challenges, April 16-18, in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome 
Jan. 3             New Game Unveiled to 42,000 High-School Students at 2009 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff



2008 Press Releases

Dec. 17     PTC Selected as Key Sponsor for FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Program pdf icon(147 KB)
Nov. 10     Renowned Futurist, Analyst Elliott Masie Appointed to FIRST Board of Directors pdf icon(21 KB)
Oct. 6 Governor Lynch, Dean Kamen Set Goal of Bringing FIRST Robotics Competition to All NH Schools pdf icon(92 KB)
Sept. 13 10,000 High-school Students to “Face Off” in 2008 FIRST Tech Challenge pdf icon(92 KB)
Sept. 5 Dean Kamen Asks Children Worldwide to Consider Global Climate Solutions through the 10th Anniversary Season of FIRST LEGO League pdf icon(106 KB)
Aug. 4 University of South Carolina to Host FIRST LEGO League 10th Anniversary Global Summit pdf icon(225 KB)
July 30 FIRST Pilots New Event Competition Structure in Michigan pdf icon(216 KB)
May 27 FIRST Recruits Communications Veteran to Lead Marketing and Media Relations pdf icon(26 KB)
April 19 Robots Rule the Georgia Dome in Celebration of Science and Technology at Annual FIRST Championship pdf icon(146 KB)
April 17 FIRST Unveils New Robotics Platform for 2008 FIRST Tech Challenge Season pdf icon(126 KB)
April 17 Girl Scouts of the USA and FIRST Partnership Introduces Girls to Robotics
April 15 525 Robots Rule the Georgia Dome in Celebration of Science and Technology at Annual FIRST Championship, April 17-19, 2008 pdf icon(126 KB)
Jan. 11 BAE Systems Becomes Largest Corporate Contributor and "Strategic Partner" of FIRST pdf icon (200 KB)
Jan. 5 FIRST Unveils New Game at 2008 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff pdf icon(24 KB)
Nov. 13             ALA and FIRST Enter Into Strategic Alliance to Support Young Scientists & Engineers Around the World pdf icon(32 KB)



2007 Press Releases

Sept. 19 FIRST Unveils "Quad Quandary" in FIRST Tech Challenge pdf icon(33 KB)
Sept. 5 FIRST LEGO League Goes "Green" with 2007 "Power Puzzle" Challengepdf icon(30 KB)
Jun. 21 IBM to Host FIRST LEGO League Students at Almaden Research Center on June 26, 2007 pdf icon(27 KB)
May 15 FIRST and Microsoft Announce New FIRST Robotics Competition Seattle Regional Event in 2008 pdf icon(29 KB)
May 2 Microchip Technology President & CEO Steve Sanghi Elected to FIRST Board of Directors  pdf icon(26 KB)
May 1 Honolulu, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, and Seattle to host FIRST Robotics Competition Regionals in 2008 pdf icon(28 KB)
April 27 President Bush to Honor FIRST Students on April 30; Congressional Reception Follows White House Visit pdf icon(34 KB)
April 14 More Than 10,000 Students from 23 Countries Combine Sports and Technology at the FIRST Championship pdf icon(144 KB)
April 9 500 Robots, Built by Students, to Compete in 3 Simultaneous Contests at FIRST Championship, April 12-14  (pdf icon (41 KB)
Feb. 5 Sheri McCoy Elected to FIRST Board of Directors pdf icon(25 KB)
Jan. 22 FIRST Announces Rockwell Automation's Sponsorship of Innovation in Control Award pdf icon (25 KB)
Jan. 6              FIRST Unveils New Game at 2007 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff pdf icon(91 KB)