FIRST Tech Challenge at San Diego Air & Space...

FIRST Tech Challenge at San Diego Air & Space Museum Sept. 12

Kickoff this Saturday Sept. 12 includes a live webcast outlining this year's robotics challenge to 30 local teams.

San Diego, 9.10.2015

San Diego, Calif. – The San Diego Air & Space Museum is pleased to announce the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics season kickoff will be held at the Museum on Saturday, September 12, 2015 beginning at 8 a.m. The FTC Season Kickoff Event includes a live webcast outlining this year’s robotics challenge and workshops to help more than 30 local teams strategize and explore design concepts – all in an effort to get on a “fast track” for the new challenge.

This year’s event is unique because it will attempt to bring all of San Diego’s teams together in one location for the announcement. The event also is unique because it is being organized and run by a group of 12- to 17-year old robotics enthusiasts. Robots from last year’s challenge will be on hand to demonstrate successful design concepts for this year’s teams.

“We are excited about the opportunity to bring more than 30 local teams together for this year’s event,” said John Brooks, Regional FTC Coordinator. “FIRST is all about introducing kids to the career opportunities in the field of STEM, and fostering collaboration amongst all participants. A unified event like this is a great way to get our young engineers working together, and what a great opportunity to attract other local kids to this exciting sport.”

The Museum, which is active in promoting STEM through its educational programs and special exhibits, is co-sponsoring the event along with support from local tech companies.

“From the Wright Brothers inventing the first airplane, to man walking on the moon, aviation and space exploration has been at the forefront of science, engineering, technology and math for the past 100 years,” said Jim Kidrick, President & CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. “Hosting the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics season kickoff is a natural fit for the STEM message being told on a daily basis at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.”

Registration for the event opens at 8:00 a.m. on September 12, and the program begins at 8:30 a.m. The event includes many existing San Diego school, club, and “garage” robotics teams. The event also is open to other participants interested in forming or joining a local team.

For more information about the FIRST Tech Challenge, visit http://www3.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc.

For more information about the San Diego Air & Space Museum please visit www.sandiegoairandspace.org.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is California's official air and space museum and education center. The Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and it was the first aero-themed Museum to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. 2theXtreme–MathAlive! showcases how math plays a role from daily life to extreme sports—math has never been so sweet! The Museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. The Museum and gift store are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with admissions until 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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