FIRST Robotics Competition kicks off January 5; TE Connectivity is a FIRST Strategic Partner; a look back at the events and stories of 2018
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For Inspiration & Recognition of Science and Technology


Travel to the outer limits of the universe in DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented By The Boeing Company. On Saturday, January 5, at 10:30 a.m. ET gather your #stemsquad and watch the 2019 FIRST® Robotics Competition season kickoff – powered by Rockwell Automation – on the FIRST® Twitch channel.

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TE Connectivity Invests in FIRST

FIRST is proud to announce TE Connectivity, a leader in connectors and sensors, as a FIRST Strategic Partner. The global technology and manufacturing company is recognized as providing the highest level of sponsorship through cumulative and overarching support of FIRST and joins more than more than 20 other companies in the top-tier level for sponsorship.

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2018 Year in Review: Events
  • The landmark FIRST LAUNCH season marked the 30th year of FIRST and introduced the cross-program theme of space exploration and innovation.
  • FIRST Championship Presented By Qualcomm® Incorporated brought 70,000 students, coaches/mentors, volunteers, and spectators to Houston, Texas, and Detroit, Michigan.
  • The eighth annual FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award celebrated innovations in the human water cycle by international FIRST LEGO League teams during the HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season.  
  • The fourth annual FIRST, Inspire Gala honored Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos. 
2018 Year in Review: Impact and Stories
OUR VISION: “ transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”
— Dean Kamen, Founder