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Microchip Technology and FIRST AZ Regional Committee Announce FIRST RoboTech Expo at ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus

CHANDLER, Ariz., — Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, and the Arizona FIRST Robotics Planning Committee, in conjunction with Arizona State University’s (ASU’s) Applied Learning Technologies Institute, announce the FIRST RoboTech Expo at Arizona State University (ASU) on October 28, 2006. The event will take place at the new ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus, located at 411 N. Central Avenue, from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. It will include a mini robotics competition, followed by workshops taught by FIRST volunteers on everything from team building, to fund raising, to safety and mentoring. The event will be free and open to the public. Several local FIRST robotics teams will participate, to promote their team and secure sponsors for the 2007 annual Arizona FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), which will take place March 9 -10, 2007 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.

FIRST, “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is a worldwide, non-profit organization whose mission is to create a world where science and technology are celebrated, and students are inspired to pursue careers in math, engineering and technology. Chandler-based Microchip Technology is the Organizing Sponsor and a “Leader in Technology Sponsor” of the FRC Arizona Regional. The Company is also an Official Supplier to FIRST, with Its donations of semiconductor and development-tool products to all 1,300 FIRST robotics teams worldwide.

Additionally, Microchip’s President and CEO, Steve Sanghi, is personally committed to the FIRST organization, and created the Steve Sanghi Scholarship for a FIRST student to further their education in science and technology.

“Educated, qualified engineers are the key to building a successful future,” said Sanghi. “What better way to promote science and technology education, and develop qualified engineers, than through participation in FIRST Robotics. As a long-time supporter of FIRST and its innovative programs, Microchip is committed to this organization. We look forward to supporting the FIRST RoboTech Expo at ASU, and to seeing these teams compete at the FRC 2007 Arizona Regional.”

“You would not believe what these students can do,” said Carol Popovich, chairperson of the FIRST Arizona regional planning committee. “Every year, I am amazed at how bright and creative they are in developing these robots, not to mention their passion to raise sufficient funds for their robotics team to participate in the annual regional event. This pre-season event presents an excellent opportunity for these students to promote their teams to potential sponsors. We expect lots of innovation, competition and fun at this event, as with all FIRST Robotics events.”

After this pre-season event, local FIRST Robotics teams are required to raise $6,000 by December, when the theme for the 2007 regional competition is announced. The event kicks-off the first weekend in January, when the teams receive robot development kits that include the necessary tools and equipment for building their robots, plus the rules of the game. With help from mentors in the industry and community, the students will then have six weeks to design and build their robot, as well as strategize for the competition.

Any student participating on a FIRST team in the regional competition is eligible for over $8 million in scholarships, including the Steve Sanghi scholarship. Winning teams will earn an opportunity to compete in the FIRST National Championship in Atlanta, GA in April 2007. For more information about FIRST and upcoming events, please visit

Past sponsors of FIRST include Microchip Technology, Freescale, GM Desert Proving Grounds, AZ Science Center, Avnet, Craig Barrett, Honeywell, Inc., Innovation FIRST, Intel, ST Microelectronics and Wells Fargo Bank. For more information on the FIRST RoboTech Expo at ASU, or to volunteer or sponsor a team competing in the 2007 regional event, please contact Carol Popovich at (480) 792-7938 or

Lunes, 30 Octubre, 2006 - 10:20
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