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FIRST® Announces Qualcomm as the Presenting Championship Sponsor along with Expanding List of Sponsors for 2014 FIRST Championship Event
|By Business Wire
|April 3, 2014 10:47 AM EDT
(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 Qualcomm
Incorporated will increase its support as Presenting Sponsor for the 2014
FIRST Championship being held at the Edward Jones Dome in St.
Louis, Mo., April 23-26.
“We’re honored that Qualcomm has increased their support as the
Presenting Sponsor for the 2014 FIRST Championship,” said FIRST
President, Donald E. Bossi. “Qualcomm’s continued dedication
demonstrates their belief in the FIRST mission, and their
dedication to developing the next generation of innovators. By way of
their support, Qualcomm and the rest of the FIRST Championship
Sponsors are instrumental in making this event the ultimate celebration
of our students’ accomplishments.”
FIRST Sponsors underwrite the annual Championship, which was
voted one of the top
7 family-friendly events in St. Louis in 2013 by the St. Louis
Sprout. With the help of thousands of Coaches, Mentors, and
Volunteers, more than 10,000 young people in grades K-12 from around the
world have earned a coveted spot to compete at the FIRST Championship.
With the support of FIRST Sponsors, the FIRST Championship
promises participating teams and spectators alike an exciting,
action-packed, once-in-a-lifetime experience that has all the
heart-pounding thrills and team spirit of a professional sporting event.
“Mobile is the largest technology platform in history, and so it is
imperative that we commit to improving science, technology, engineering
and math (STEM) educational opportunities,” said Matt Grob, executive
vice president and chief technology officer of Qualcomm. “Qualcomm is
proud to recognize these amazing students – they are our future – and
they will help create the next big mobile inventions and opportunities.”
The FIRST Championship, which is projected to bring in more than
31,250 spectators and students, has an estimated economic impact of $30
million to the St. Louis area. The city has hosted the Championship
since 2011. The international event showcases student teams from FIRST®
Robotics Competition (FRC®) for students in grades 9-12; FIRST®
Tech Challenge (FTC®) for grades 7-12; FIRST®
LEGO® League (FLL®) for grades 4-8; and Junior
FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®)
for grades K-3.
2014 FIRST Championship Program Sponsors include: Monsanto
Company, Abbott Fund, Boeing Company, Coca-Cola Company, FedEx
Corporation, NASA, NRG Energy, Inc., United Technologies Corporation,
and United States Air Force.
Other 2014 FIRST Championship Sponsors include: America Makes,
Bechtel Corporation, Best Buy Co., Inc., Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.,
Central Intelligence Agency, Comcast NBCUniversal, GoDaddy,
International Association of Emergency Managers, International Council
on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), Leidos, Inc., Microsoft Corporation,
Mouser Electronics, Inc., Novelis, Inc., Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
SpaceX, Underwriters Laboratories, and Vulcan Spring.
Save the date! The FIRST
Championship will be in St. Louis, Mo. through 2017:
April 23-26, 2014 | April 22-25, 2015 | April 27-30, 2016 | April 26-29,
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 $19 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit
organization hosts the FIRST®
Robotics Competition (FRC® ) for
students in Grades 9-12; FIRST®
Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for Grades
LEGO® League (FLL®
) for Grades 4-8; and Junior
League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3. 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.
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