From:                   Paul Gudonis, President of FIRST

                             Steve Chism, Senior Director of Programs for FIRST

After two successful pilot seasons as the FIRST Vex Challenge, we are pleased to announce that the intermediate program, now named the FIRST Tech Challenge, is an official FIRST program. It joins our continuum of FIRST programs with the Junior FIRST LEGO League, FIRST LEGO League, and FIRST Robotics Competition. This program will be structured similarly to our pilot seasons and will continue to target an audience between the FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Robotics Competition both to serve as a feeder program into the FIRST Robotics Competition and to bring FIRST to new geographic areas. 

The next season of the FIRST Tech Challenge will begin in September 2007, and planning is underway. Team registration is expected to be open on or shortly after July 11, 2007. Details on tournaments and season information will be provided as soon as it is available. Please check the FIRST website at www.usfirst.org for periodic updates.

The FIRST Tech Challenge will continue to use the Vex Robotics Design System for this coming season.  After registration opens, FIRST will make Vex kits available at a price that only registered FIRST Tech Challenge teams will be able to access. Teams may also use their existing kits from previous years’ competitions. Since FIRST is actively exploring the use of other robotics platforms of similar scale for the FIRST Tech Challenge for future seasons, new teams for the Fall 2007 Season need to recognize that the platform that they purchase now may not be utilized in future competitions.

We are excited to launch this new FIRST program sure to engage a greater number of students in the excitement of discovering science, engineering, and technology.

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