Tech First at FIRST Tech

Great blog story about FIRST and the importance of STEM fields from Congressman Jim Langevin.

From Fall 2014 Congressman Jim Langevin:

Tech First at FIRST Tech

It is a joy to attend FIRST robotics competitions each year, to watch the program grow into the towering success that it is today, and to see the interest and participation increase year to year. These programs are vital to spurring interest in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology.

As co-chair of the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus, I continually advocate for programs that increase enrollment in STEM fields. Closing the skills gap by giving students and workers the tools to succeed in the modern economy is how we will create an economy built to last. FIRST is one of my favorite student outreach programs, and it has already inspired countless students to pursue careers in STEM. For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST as it is known, was founded by my friend Dean Kamen – a brilliant innovator who uses his ideas to push the boundaries of health care, science and technology. Among his many distinguished achievements, he has invented the first portable insulin pump, an advanced robotic arm, the Segway and my personal IBOT wheelchair.

Dean can now add teacher to his resume, as the FIRST competition has done an exceptional job at engaging young people and getting them excited about learning. That enthusiasm is palpable. I couldn’t believe how excited the students were at the FIRS

via Fall 2014 | Congressman Jim Langevin.

RI FIRST Tech Challenge 9th Season Kick-off

First Championship 2012. St Louis.2014-2015 Season Kick-off Saturday September 6, 2014 

Calling all students, educators, parents, mentors, and volunteers who have an interest in robotics!  The Rhode Island FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) sponsored by New England Institute of Technology invites you to the kick off the 2014-2015 robotic season!  The FIRST Robotic Kick-Off event will offer workshops as well as revealing the 2015 game for the first time.  Groups interested in establishing a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotic team are encouraged to attend. 

Saturday September 6, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

New England Institute of Technology

One New England Tech Boulevard

East Greenwich, RI

 

Over 37 Rhode Island teams were involved in FIRST Robotics last season.  Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge.  Don’t miss out! Teams are welcome to attend without their coach.  Please RSVP by September 3th to:  Erin Flynn, New England Institute of Technology, 401-739-5000 ext. 3462, eflynn@neit.edu. For more information on FIRST Robotics go to http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc 

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

FIRST Robotics 2014-2015 events scheduled

Rhode Island's New England Tech hosts robotics competition

2013 FIRST Robotics competition

The FIRST Robotics mini tournaments will be held at the New England Tech East Greenwich campus.  The events will bring as many as 16 Rhode Island High School robotics teams to NEIT for all-day competitions.

FIRST Qualifier

Saturday 11/ 22nd, Snow day Sunday 11/23

FIRST Qualifier

Saturday 12/6, Snow day Sunday 12/7

FIRST Qualifier

Saturday  1/3/15, Snow day Sunday 1/4

The Rhode Island State tournament will be held on Saturday February 7th at the Access Road campus.

For more information about FIRST Robotics contact Erin Flynn by phone at 800-736-7744 ext. 3462 or by email at eflynn@neit.edu.

Inspiring young people in science and technology

It’s time this the people of this country celebrate inventors and engineers over athletes and movie stars.  That is how we will get young people to appreciate math and science more.

In 2012, the United States ranks 30th for math and 23rd for science regarding student performance as compared to other industrialized nations. Dean Kamen of FIRST, For Inspiration & Recognition of Science &Technology, discusses efforts to inspire young people to lead in science & technology.

FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Registration is Open

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FIRST* Tech Challenge Robotics Team Registration

Students in Grades 7-12

 

Why start a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team for the 2014-2015 season?

Students in grades 7-12 will gain a working knowledge of the use of science and technology in the real world; increased interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and STEM-related careers; increased interest in school success and college-going; and gains in a number of 21st Century life and workplace skills (critical thinking, problem-solving, communications, teamwork, etc.).

Who can start a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team?

Anyone! It is that simple! Teams can be formed in middle and high schools, home school, after school and civic groups. All students in grades 7- 12 can join in the fun. 

Join the FIRST Family of STEM Activities in Rhode Island!

R.I. FTC encourages RI FIRST Lego League (FLL) students (ages 9-14) to “graduate” to FTC continuing their interest in FIRST and STEM activities through middle and high school. For more information on FLL in R.I. go to http://www.risf.net/first-lego-league/

How do I register my student team for the FIRST Tech Challenge?

The cost to register your team with FIRST for one season will be $275.00.    Registration opens Wednesday May 14, 2014! The sooner your team registers the better! Rhode Island teams are strongly advised to register with FIRST no later than October 28, 2014. http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/registration

Where does my team purchase the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Kit?

Once your FIRST registration is paid you are able to purchase the kit directly from FIRST. To review costs visit Kit pricing for the 2014-2015 FTC Seasonhttp://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/budget 

Are there additional costs?

There are costs related to participating in qualifiers and the state tournament. The cost for a qualifier will be $40.00 per team and the cost for the R.I. State tournament will be $110.00 per team. These costs will be paid to NEIT as the host site. 

What if I have more questions? Who can I talk with?

Erin Flynn from New England Institute of Technology serves as the R.I. FIRST Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner. New England Institute of Technology serves as the state-wide sponsor of the FIRST Tech Challenge. Erin can be reached at 401-738-5000 ext 3462 or eflynn@neit.edu. For more information on FIRST and the family of robotic programs go to www.usfirst.org. For more information on NE Tech go to www.neit.edu. 

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

Here is a list of Rhode Island High Schools that already have a FIRST Team. FIRST Rhode Island Teams

There is TIME TO ADD YOUR SCHOOL to the list!

 

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.

Robotics

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.