Science and Sport Combine at FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament

Friday, February 8, 2008


Science And Sport Combine At FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament

- Robotics Competition Gets Students Excited About Engineering -

Who: Teams of teens from S.C, N.C. and Ga. will participate in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge Championship Tournament for an opportunity to win regional recognition for design excellence, sportsmanship, teamwork, and more, and advance to the FIRST Championship. The public is encouraged to attend, catch the excitement of this intense competition, and cheer on their favorite teams. ADMISSION IS FREE.

What: The FIRST Tech Challenge is a program that challenges young people - working with professional mentors - to design and build a robot using an innovative robotics platform. In the 2008 game, “Quad Quandary,” students’ robots place 3-inch PVC rings on movable single or paired goals, side goals, or posts, and attempt to move goals in fast-paced 2 minute and 20 second matches. Teams in the FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament will vie for awards and a spot at the FIRST Championship to be held April 17-19, 2008 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. The competition is part of FIRST, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

When: Friday, Feb. 8 9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. - Opening ceremonies
9:20 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Qualifying matches

Where: Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center
James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center at SC State
CONTACT: Mr. Lamar Tisdale (803) 516-4532

Photo Opp: Students testing, tuning up, and competing with their robots. Students “driving” their robots to race around playing field. Students and professional mentors, school groups, school mascots, family, and fans cheering on teams.

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 the support of many of the world’s most well-known companies, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge for high-school students, FIRST LEGO League for children 9-14 years old, and Junior FIRST LEGO League for 6 to 9 year-olds. To learn more about FIRST, go to