RI FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournament

Join us for an afternoon of robotics as part of the RI FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) qualifying tournament.

The qualifying tournament will be held at New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich RI, sponsor of the FIRST Tech Challenge in RI.


Rhode Island middle and high school FIRST Tech Challenge teams will try to maneuver their robots on the competition field in preparation for the RI FIRST Tech Challenge State Tournament.

This high energy events will be held on Saturday January 18, 2014 from 1 until 4 p.m. at New England Tech, One New England Tech Boulevard, East Greenwich RI.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information on FIRST Robotics and the FIRST Tech Challenge in Rhode Island contact Erin Flynn, New England Institute of Technology, 401-739-5000 ext. 3462, eflynn@neit.edu or go to http://www.neit.edu/Admissions/FIRST-Tech-Challenge.


FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

FIRST mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

New England Institute of Technology Receives Financial Assistance Awards from the Providence Engineering Society

Providence Engineering Society logoRobert Theroux, Vice President of Finance and Business Administration at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the Providence Engineering Society (PES) will donate two financial assistance awards in the amount of $750 each to the 2013-2014 FIRST®   (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge (FTC) teams competing in Rhode Island.

NEIT has been an affiliate partner of FIRST®  for the last eight years serving as the host site for this Rhode Island high school robotics competition.

The upcoming challenge will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at New England Tech’s Automotive Technology Center, 101 Access Road, Warwick, RI.

The Executive Board of PES has slated these financial assistance awards for two Individual high school robotics teams that consist of a dedicated mentor and students but lack the funds needed to compete in the program. The financial assistance awards are to be used solely for expenses associated with the 2013-2014 FIRST®   Tech Challenge.

Teams interested in applying for a financial assistance award should submit a two page letter that includes the following information:

  • team name
  • town
  • school or community where the team is located
  • mentor name
  • contact information
  • number of students on team
  • description of any past experience of the team
  • how the financial award will be used
  • how the team plans to raise any additional funds
  •  how the team will demonstrate to PES that the award was used effectively

The letter of application should be emailed to Adam Bessette, PES Past President at adambessette520@hotmail.com with a copy sent to Chris Cronin, PES Secretary at ccronin@beta-inc.com.

Submission deadline is Friday, October 4, 2013, at 5:00 p.m.

The Society will review completed submissions and contact the chosen teams by Friday, October 11, 2013. Questions regarding team eligibility or the application process may be directed to Adam Bessette at (401)742-1707or to his email listed above.

As Theroux stated, “We are very grateful to the Providence Engineering Society for its generous donation. The FIRST®   competition brings students together who share a common interest in the STEM disciplines that include science, technology, engineering and math.  We are proud to partner with PES as together we promote the importance of STEM careers to today’s high school students.”


About the Providence Engineering Society

The Providence Engineering Society is a non-profit organization that promotes the practice of sound, responsible engineering in order to enhance the quality of life throughout its area communities. A core part of its mission is to support engineering educational programs. The Society has been continuously operating since 1894 and is the oldest professional engineering society in the United States. Visit www.provengsociety.com.