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STEM Ed Announcement: NEFIRST DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP



This is not a UMass Amhest program.
 Contact information is below.
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 EVENT ADVISORY: FRIDAY, APRIL 9 THROUGH SUNDAY APRIL 11
 
 NEFIRST DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY UNITED TECHNOLOGIES
 WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE HARRINGTON AUDITORIUM OPEN FOR LIVE TV
 BROADCASTS 6-8 A.M. BOTH DAYS
 
 Hundreds of High School Students Bring Best Robots in New England to
 Worcester April 9-11 for Three Days of Championship Competition
 Contacts:
 
 New England District Championship Event Chair Colleen Shaver
 (colleen@wpi.edu, 508-783-3930)
 
 NEFIRST Massachusetts Regional Director Steve Cremer
 (scremer@nefirst.org, 781-784-8935)
 
 New England District Championship Media Sam Lipscomb
 (sam.lipscomb@gmail.com, 781-877-1000)
 For more information:
 
 Check out the 2015 FRC game, RECYCLE RUSH, on YouTube at
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTyCIYZQ_1s
 
 Visit http://nefirst.org and http://usfirst.org
 Join the conversation:
 twitter @NEFIRST, @NEFIRSTCMP, #NECMP, #morethanrobots,
 
 #makethingsbetter
 facebook facebook.com/nefirst, facebook.com/events/404839926350998
 Worcester, Mass.Culminating an intense month of qualifying events in
 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island,
 Worcester Polytechnic Institute will host 60 FIRST Robotics Competition
 teams in the final district event of the NEFIRST season. On Friday,
 April 9, through Sunday, April 11, the New England District
 Championship will take place to determine the New England FIRST
 Champions and the 35 teams that will represent New England at the FIRST
 Championship in St. Louis at the end of April. This is the second year
 that the New England District Championship has taken place in
 Massachusetts and the first year that the event has been held at WPI.
 The event is free and open to the public.
 
 Teams participating in the New England District Championship have been
 working intensely since January 3, to design, build, program and test
 robots to play this year's FRC game, RECYCLE RUSH. The recycling-themed
 game is played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score
 points by stacking shipping totes on scoring platforms on their side of
 the field, topping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly
 disposing of litter, represented by pool noodles. In keeping with the
 recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used are reusable or
 recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST at the end of
 the season.
 
 Read more about the game:
 http://www.usfirst.org/sites/default/files/uploadedFiles/About_Us/Media_Center/FRC_Assets/2015_FRC_game_description_1page.pdf
 
 Team alliances that win at the NEFIRST District Championship will
 qualify to compete in the FIRST Championship, April 2225 at the Edward
 Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo.
 
 Presenting Sponsor for the NEFIRST 2015 season is United Technologies.
 
 Regional Sponsors: Eversource, The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck
 Foundation, Pitney Bowes, CBIA, Travelers, General Dynamics Electric
 Boat.
 
 Event Sponsors: Analog Devices, Boston Scientific, Draper Laboratory,
 Fidelity Investments, Google, MIT, PTC, Textron, Velcro, WPI
 
 About NEFIRST
 Six states in the Northeast (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New
 Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) are now united as one region to
 support events for high-school-level FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
 teams.
 
 Following the success of FRC program restructuring in other states
 (Michigan) and regions (Mid-Atlantic), NEFIRST provides a
 cost-effective way for teams across the Northeast to compete at two
 qualifying events for one registration fee; to lower costs by allowing
 teams to play closer to home; to improve teams ability to fundraise and
 participate in community outreach; and to reward and advance teams
 based on their performance on and off the field.
 A 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, ingenuityNE, supports NEFIRST
 events across the six New England states.
 
 About FIRST
 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was
 founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's
 interest and participation in science and technology. Based in
 Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization designs
 programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career
 opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while
 building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
 With support from three of every five Fortune 500 companies and more
 than $21 million in college scholarships, FIRST hosts the following
 robotics programs:
 
 The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) for Grades 912
 The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), also for Grades 712
 The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) for Grades 48
 The Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) for Grades K3

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