PTC, The Product Development Company®, today announced that it will work closely with FIRST ® to pilot a FIRST ® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) competition in 2011 to be held in Shanghai, April 23, at the Shanghai American School, Pudong campus.In the 2011 pilot year, PTC will mentor up to eight FTC teams from the top international schools in Shanghai and run the pilot event in collaboration with Semia, the logistics partner in China. In calendar year 2012, Chinese schools will then compete and cooperate side by side with the international schools for the next competition year and beyond, as FTC spreads to schools throughout China.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 to" ... transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders."
Reaching more than 250,000 students worldwide annually, FIRST has designed accessible, innovative, mentor-based programs that give students the opportunity to apply science and technology concepts learned in the classroom to ‘real-world' engineering problems. Students work on open-ended challenges and create their own solutions, while developing teamwork, presentation and business skills.
Liu Tong Long, PTC Sales Senior Vice President for North Rim China and Hong Kong, recognizes the critical importance of this program. "Companies worldwide support FIRST robotics because they believe this is a ‘real-world' engineering challenge where students engage with engineering and business mentors who work with students from around the world, " he noted. "This competition involves exactly the type of skills, experience and innovative thinking that companies must have to remain competitive in a global world."
As a Crown Supplier to the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®), one of four programs operated by FIRST for students K-12, and the official CAD and Collaboration Sponsor to the FIRST Tech Challenge for the past three years, PTC provides its complete suite of product design software free to all teams.
James Heppelmann, PTC President and CEO, and a member of the FIRST National Executive Advisory Board, believes that, "PTC is bullish about FIRST and what it represents for our collective future. The way the students work together to pool their resources and skills and help each and every team compete to their best ability is inspiring. FIRST is an exemplary program in that it creates shared value for the students and for PTC."
This year, team software donations from PTC included "CreoTM Elements/ProTM engineering software, Mathcad® mathematical calculations software, Windchill® collaboration and data management software, and CreoTM Elements/View visual collaboration software to help participating teams design faster and better.
In addition to a software donation, PTC provides training on all its software through eLearning solutions and hands-on workshops. PTC employees volunteer their time to mentor teams using industry-best practices. PTC also is working closely with other FIRST Affiliate Partners worldwide to bring pilot FTC programs to India, Asia and Europe.
"We are pleased to partner with PTC to launch FIRST Tech Challenge in China, " said Ken Johnson, Director, FIRST Tech Challenge. "PTC has a successful track record of bringing together the key ingredients of implementing a successful FTC international launch. This includes world-class customers, universities, schools and PTC employees to volunteer and manage a pilot and then a roll-out in China."
This year's FTC game, GET OVER IT!TM, is a sports-type competition involving rolling goals, mountain-like obstacles, balancing and sensors. In addition to scoring points, winners must demonstrate critical thinking, strategy, and oral and written communication skills, as well as the ability to work as part of a community. Top teams from around the world will be selected to compete in the FTC World Championship in St. Louis, Mo., April 27-30, 2011.
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 three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $14 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for high-school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLLTM) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious ProfessionalismTM 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 usfirst.org/.
PTC (ptc.com), The Product Development Company®, develops, markets and supports product development software solutions and related services that help companies achieve their product development strategies and optimize their processes. Using the company's tightly integrated CAD and enterprise PLM solutions, organizations are better able to create and manage product information throughout the lifecycle for optimal product development success.
PTC, The Product Development Company, Creo, Elements/Pro, Mathcad, Windchill, and Elements/View are trademarks or registered trademarks of Parametric Technology Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.
FIRST®, the FIRST® logo, FIRST® Robotics Competition, FRC®, FIRST® Tech Challenge, FTC®, are registered trademarks, and GET OVER IT!™ are common law trademarks, of the United States Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®). FIRST® LEGO® League, Junior FIRST® LEGO® League, FLL®, Jr.FLL™ are jointly held trademarks of FIRST and The LEGO Group. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2011 FIRST. All rights reserved.