From the Wires
FIRST ® Appoints Staff to Manage Robotics Programs in Growing Regions
By: Business Wire
Feb. 7, 2013 02:10 PM
FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, today announced new personnel appointments for its Field Operations in the U.S. and Canada. The new regional personnel will assist in the local growth of all four robotics programs that make up the FIRST Progression of Programs designed for K-12 in Louisiana, New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C and Alberta, Canada.
"Our Regional Directors and Assistant Regional Directors will promote the passion and inspiration for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) exploration among the youth in their communities," said Roseann Stevens, Vice President of Field Operations, FIRST. “The FIRST Field Staff is a city, state or region’s direct link to the mission of FIRST and the catalyst for parents, schools, Mentors, and the business community to bring the advantages of FIRST to their areas. They see to it that ‘rookie’ and ‘veteran’ teams alike on area robotics teams gain the skills and confidence from a real-world, hands-on, problem-solving technical challenge working side-by-side with professional engineering Mentors. These professionals help to seed the ideas to an exciting education and career path that students may not have considered or thought possible."
The role of a Regional Director at FIRST includes coordinating local robotics events and activities as well as developing new regional corporate partnerships and engineering Mentors and Coaches — with the goal of creating and maintaining robust, Volunteer-driven, and self-sustaining FIRST robotics programs in each region.
FIRST holds local and regional robotics competitions for K-12, including the FIRST ® Robotics Competition (FRC®) for high school students, the FIRST ® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for middle school and high-school students, the FIRST ® LEGO® League (FLL®) for middle school students, and the Junior FIRST ® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for K-3. Currently, FIRST participation in the US includes over 300,000 students in K-12.
New FIRST appointments include:
FIRST and the FIRST logo are registered trademarks of the United States Foundation For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST). LEGO® is a registered trademark of The LEGO Group.
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