The Media Are Invited to Attend the FIRST® Robotics Competition Arizona Regional

(BUSINESS WIRE) — March 21, 2013Key Facts:

  • High-school robotics competition
  • Any student participating on a FIRST team is eligible to apply for $16 million in scholarships
  • 50 teams participating, including 44 from Arizona, one from Mexico, three from New Mexico and two from California
  • Teams had six weeks to build a robot that can throw Frisbees to score points. Teams can score extra points if their robots climb towers in the final seconds of a two-minute and fifteen-second match. Three teams are grouped into “alliances” for each match.
  • Winners are eligible to attend the FRC World Championship in St. Louis, Apr. 24-27, 2013
  • Free and open to the public


  • Still and video photography permitted
  • Media interview opportunities with FIRST students and their mentors from the community

Chandler, Ariz.-based Microchip Technology is the organizing sponsor of the FRC Arizona Regional. For more information and to schedule interviews, contact:

Terri Thorson, Public Relations Specialist
Microchip Technology Inc.
Email Contact

On-site media contact:
Carol Popovich, Regional Director, Cell 480-335-2091

High-res FIRST Logo available through contact, or Flickr:
More information about FIRST in Arizona
More information about FIRST, worldwide:

About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at

Note: The Microchip name and logo are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A., and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.

Tags / Keywords: FIRST, STEM education, robotics competition


Microchip Technology Inc.
Terri Thorson, 480-792-4386
Public Relations Specialist
Email Contact

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