Media Invited to Attend the FIRST Robotics Competition Arizona Regional

(BUSINESS WIRE) — March 15, 2011Microchip Technology Inc.:



The FIRST® Robotics Competition Arizona Regional is a high-school robotics competition that features teams of students guided by their industry mentors as they compete in an alliance of robots racing to complete their tasks within a two-minute window. Prior to the regional competition, each team has six weeks to design and build a robot. During the “ Logo Motion™” game, the teams will drive their robots across the playing field to hang shapes on a grid, then deploy smaller robots to climb a pole for extra points.

Additional details:


45 teams from Arizona, California, Mexico and New Mexico will compete

Participating students are eligible to apply for more than $14 million in scholarships

The winning alliance is eligible to go on to the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Mo. in April

The competition is free and open to the public. Spectators must wear closed-toed shoes to view the pit, or robot staging area



Competition – March 18-19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Media Preview – March 17, 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During the preview, the media is welcome to preview the competition during robot unloading, event set up and practice rounds. This pre-event activity is exclusive to the media and is NOT open to the public.



Hamilton High School

3700 S. Arizona Ave.
Chandler, AZ 85248



Still and video photography are permitted, and shot opportunities include:

Custom-built robots competing in fast-paced events

Festively dressed local students and their mentors putting designs and skills to the test

Students interacting with volunteers

On-site teamwork, troubleshooting and problem solving

Spirit and excitement as students, families and friends cheer for their local teams
Interview opportunities include:

FIRST ® students and their mentors from the community (available throughout the event)

Steve Sanghi (available from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday)

Sanghi is president and CEO of Microchip Technology , co-chair of the FIRST Arizona Regional Planning Committee, FIRST sponsor and member of the FIRST Board of Directors.



For more information and to RSVP:

Jessica Brown, Microchip Technology Inc. Public Relations Specialist

Office: (480) 792-4386, email: Email Contact

On-site during the event:

Carol Popovich, Arizona FIRST Regional Director

Cell: (480) 335-2091



To learn more about FIRST and the 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition, read below and visit .




FIRST ’s mission is to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated, and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes.


Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST ( F or I nspiration and R ecognition of S cience and T echnology) 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.


The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in a series of competitions designed by Dean Kamen, Dr. Woodie Flowers, and a committee of engineers and other professionals. Students participating on FIRST teams are eligible to apply for over $14 million in scholarships.


Chandler-based Microchip Technology Inc. is the Organizing Sponsor and a Leader in Technology Sponsor of the FIRST Robotics Competition 2011 Arizona Regional. To learn more about Microchip, visit .


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