Continuing with its mission to provide every day opportunities for students to develop real-world engineering skills, PTC officials announced the company’s continued support of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Building on previous years, PTC will support seven regional FRC competitions throughout the United States and Israel in addition to sponsoring 77 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams, 53 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams, and 5 FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams during the 2013-2014 season. The FIRST Robotics Competition field and kit of parts for the after-school STEM program were designed using PTC Creo software.
The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce indicates there will be 2.4 million jobs created in STEM fields in the U.S. by 2018, but only 25% of high-school students today complete basic math and engineering course work. The need for more graduates in science, technology, engineering and math is felt by many global manufacturers, which makes it critical that programs such as FIRST are successful to build a qualified work force and fill the pipeline of future engineers.
PTC and NASA were the 2014 FRC Kickoff Sponsors at an event that was held on Saturday, January 4, 2014. The FRC season robotics game was unveiled during a live broadcast to approximately 70,000 global participants courtesy of NASA on NASA Robotics and NASA TV.
“As a long-standing Strategic Partner of FIRST, PTC remains fully committed to the values and goals of the organization by inspiring young people’s interest and participation in science and technology,” said Don Bossi, president, FIRST. “PTC works very hard to connect FIRST students to mentors not only with its 6,000 employees, but also with their 27,000 global manufacturing customers so that students worldwide can develop the engineering skills that are in high demand from these organizations.”
FIRST reaches an estimated 300,000 students worldwide annually. FIRST designs accessible, innovative, mentor-based STEM programs for K-12. These programs inspire young people to think, design and create something physical using their engineering knowledge and skills. As a Strategic Partner of the FIRST Progression of Programs for K-12, PTC provides free software, including PTC Creo, PTC Mathcad and PTC Windchill software to all participating FIRST teams. PTC Windchill has been available in the cloud to FRC and FTC teams since 2008 allowing thousands of students, along with their teachers and professional mentors, to collaborate on their designs anytime, anywhere.
“FIRST is the cornerstone of our Shared Value program because it delivers value on the basic premise that our job is to make an investment for the future by supporting the communities around our global offices,” said John Stuart, senior vice president global education, PTC. “FIRST is one of the best investments PTC can make because it will ultimately build a global workforce of engineers, which will help our customers achieve and maintain a competitive advantage. We’re proud to continue our support of FIRST and we wish the best for all the teams that participate in this year’s competition.”
Scott McDowell, coach for team #4140 Fish in the Boat, said, “Having the opportunity to guide these students toward careers around science and technology is very rewarding. This high school team is learning how to use PTC software in a real world design environment, which will help them better understand and apply the same design and collaboration principles used in a global manufacturing environment.”
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