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Vilseck High School to host International Robotics competition

For Immediate Release — March 11, 2013 | Europe
: DoDEA Europe Public Affairs | DSN: 338-7612

VILSECK, GERMANY — March 11, 2013 — On March 16, 2013, First Tech Challenge robotics teams from the European theater will converge at Vilseck High School at Rose Barracks for a robotics tournament.

This will be the first time that an FTC tournament will be held in Germany and Vilseck HS was chosen to host this prestigious program. The top two robots from the this competition will be invited to compete in the World Championship Tournament, held each year in St. Louis, Mo.

The FIRST® Tech Challenge is a robotics competition for high school students based on a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building and programming their robots to compete as alliances against other teams. Students participating in the FTC tournament are eligible to apply for over 16 million dollars in scholarships.

Vilseck High School is working with "Hands-on-Technology (HoT)," a German organization, their purpose and vision is to introduce youngsters to science and technology. HoT has been working with FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) for many years. FIRST®, is a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

TheNational Parent Teacher Association (National PTA®) announced a national alliance to promote the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in K-12 education. FIRST®and the National PTA will mobilize their collective resources to collaborate and promote K-12 after-school participation. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2012-2013.