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PV STEMNet Announcement: Pioneer Valley District FIRST Robotics Competition

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 Educators, parents and students, business people and stakeholders and
 STEM education in Pioneer Valley,
 You are invited to the inaugural Pioneer Valley District FIRST Robotics
 Competition on Friday and Saturday, March 6  7, 2015 at the MassMutual
 Center in Springfield, MA. We will be hosting 35 high school teams (out
 of 175) from around New England competing with and against each other
 to earn a spot in the NE District Championship at WPI in April, and
 possibly qualify to go onto the World Championships in St. Louis! 
 We invite you to join us, tour the "pits" where teams work on their
 robots, "NASCAR-style," then have a seat to watch a competition match
 or stay all day.
 The varsity Sport for the MindTM, FRC combines the excitement of sport
 with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited
 resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged
 to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build
 and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of
 competitors. Its as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can
 get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to
 guide each team. 
 Recycle RushSM is the name of the design challenge this year where
 alliances of three 120-pound robots stack 'crates' and 'recycling
 barrels' and pick up 'litter' to score points and potentially move on
 to the next level. 
  Doors open each day at 8:00 am and the event is free and open to the
 public. For more information, go to www.nefirst.org and click on
 Springfield/Pioneer Valley Event or email to dhenry@usfirst.org.
 NE FIRST would like to thank our Founding and Regional Sponsors: 
 United Technologies Corporation ? BAE Systems ? Fairchild Semiconductor
 PTC? ebm-papst ? Texas Instruments ? WPI 
 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 over 200 of the Fortune 500
 companies and more than $20 million in college scholarships. 

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