FIRST® Robotics Competition Global Kickoff Event

More than 75,000 High-School Students Worldwide Eager for Unveiling of 2016 Robotics Challenge: FIRST STRONGHOLDSM

Over 3,100 Teams Participate through Comcast NBCUniversal Broadcast

Media Invited to Attend Local Kickoffs in 114 Venues Worldwide

(BUSINESS WIRE) — January 9, 2016FIRST ®

Who: FIRST ® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) will be joined by numerous public figures to launch the 2016 season of the FIRST® Robotics CompetitionFIRST STRONGHOLDSM – with a worldwide Kickoff event originating from Manchester, N.H.

  • The 2016 season will include over 3,100 teams (75,000 high-school students), grades 9-12, participating in 118 Regional and District events.
  • At Kickoff, teams will be shown the FIRST STRONGHOLD game field and challenge details for the first time, and will receive a Kit of Parts made up of motors, batteries, control system components, construction materials, and a mix of additional automation components – with limited instructions.
  • Teams will have six weeks to design and build a robot to meet this year’s engineering challenge.

Dignitaries and public figures will deliver remarks on video and in person, including:

  • Dean Kamen, President, DEKA Research & Development and Founder, FIRST;
  • Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST Distinguished Advisor, and Co-Chair of the FIRST Executive Advisory Board; Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
  • Donald E. Bossi, President, FIRST;
  • FIRST students & special guests

What: Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. The FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual competition that challenges high-school students – working alongside professional Mentors – to construct a robot and compete in the ultimate Sport for the Mind™ that measures the effectiveness of each robot, the power of teamwork and collaboration, and each team’s display of Gracious Professionalism®. Through their participation, students experience the excitement of science, engineering, technology, and innovation; build well-rounded life capabilities such as self-confidence, communication, and leadership; and qualify for over $25 million in college scholarships.

When: Saturday, January 9, 2016

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time, Local Remarks (LIVE Manchester, N.H. only)

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time, Comcast NBCUniversal Broadcast

Where*: Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), 2500 North River Road, Manchester, N.H. *OPEN TO ALL MEDIA: If you would like to attend as media, please contact Haley Dunn at or Brooke Blew at

2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff Event Locations:

Photo Opp.: FIRST will unveil the details of the new 2016 robotics competition game after the speaker program. Students take measurements on the new game field and inspect the challenge in order to develop strategies for robot construction, and to determine if they will play offense, defense, or both.

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