FIRST – FRC KickOff – 01/03/2015
The City of Pharr, Texas is proud to host the 2015 For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) First Robotics Competition (FRC) kick off at the Pharr Events Center on January 3, 2015. This event is a world-wide broadcast that starts at 9:15 AM CST.
This event is key to all those that are engaged in the FRC program as it will give key instructions on this years competition, robotic game field changes, and will receive new Kit of Parts made up of motors, batteries, a control system, and a mix of automation components – with limited instructions. Students from all over the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) will be in attendance for this kick off broadcast that is hosted by NASA-tv to more than 70,000 high-school students simultaneously world-wide.
We are proud to be invited to host and facilitate the broadcast here in the RGV, stated Jason Arms, Pharr’s Innovation and Technology Director. Our elected officials and City Manager Fred Sandoval are very interested in doing what we can do to help our kids learn more about science and technology through these types of programs, he added.
The City of Pharr Innovation & Technology Department acts as the FIRST operation partner for the RGV and hosts meetings at the Pharr Innovation Center; which is operated by the Pharr Economic Development Corporation II. This unique partnership allows for the growth of green jobs in the community and allows for community interaction in science and technology.
The kickoff event is open to the public and those interested in learning more about FIRST and / or FRC are encouraged to attend this event. Texas State Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr and other city and school district officials will be present
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) 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. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $18 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.