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High School Robotics State Championship Scheduled for Fairbanks

JUNEAU, Alaska (February 28, 2012) — The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) High School Robotics State Championship commences with Opening Ceremonies at 9 AM Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Patty Center. The public is invited to watch a day of robotic matches as well as celebrate the next generation of scientists and engineers!

Approximately 50 teams from around the state of Alaska will compete in the FTC State Championship hosted by UAF and sponsored by Flint Hills. After the Opening Ceremonies at 9 AM, robotic matches are scheduled from 9:30 AM culminating with the best performing robots of the day facing off in the elimination rounds starting at 3:30 PM. A final list of teams can be found at www.fllalaska.com/ftctournaments/state or in the attachment to this press release.

Winners from the Alaska State Championship will go on to compete at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri in late April. They’ll join FTC Team 3705 from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks that traveled to the lower 48 and won the Idaho State Championship, a FIRST Robotics Challenge with students from Dimond, East and Service High Schools in Anchorage and the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Championship Team "Clam Chowder" from Anchorage.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. FIRST activities in Alaska are coordinated by the Juneau Economic Development Council’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Program. 

Major funding for FIRST activities in Alaska is provided by BP, with additional support from the US Department of Defense, the National Defense Education Program, and the State of Alaska.

For more information about the results or other FIRST activities in Alaska, contact Rebecca Parks, statewide coordinator for FIRST LEGO League tournaments in Alaska at: 907-523-2334, rparks@jedc.org or visit fllalaska.com.

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