FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization that inspires young people’s interest and participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) announced that, in cooperation with PTC, it expanded the international rollout of the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) program to India, China, and Eastern Europe. PTC is also a top level Crown Supplier for FIRST and the FTC CAD and Collaboration Sponsor for the 2010-2011 season.
The dates for the 2011 competitions have been set for April 2 (Bucharest, Romania); April 23 (Shanghai, China); and August 15 (Mumbai/Delhi, India).
In preparation for this year’s FRC and FTC seasons, PTC completed over 40 hands-on workshops for students, teachers, volunteers, and mentors to learn 3D design and collaboration technology. More than 800 teams have signed up for free PTC software, including Creo Elements/Pro, Mathcad, and Windchill. Students and teachers may download PTC software at www.ptc.com/go/softwareforfirst.
PTC also modeled the 2011 FTC and FRC Kit-of-Parts (KoP) in Creo Elements/Pro, which each team can use to speed the design of its robot. The KoP may be downloaded at www.ptc.com/go/firstkop.
FIRST and PTC invite interested parties who would like to participate in these international programs to contact Jordan Cox, PTC’s FIRST Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.