Innovative Robots at 2014 FIRST Championship


Innovative robots fill the St. Louis Convention Center & Edward Jones Dome featuring the world finals for FIRST Lego League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).  FRC Team 3238 from Anacortes, WA, proudly displays their compact control system that folds up at 90 degrees.

In 25 years, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) has grown to be the premiere STEM  (Science Technology Engineering and Math) event.

Founded by inventor, Dean Kamen to “turn young people on” to career opportunities in STEM, that combine teamwork, competition, and just plain fun for ages 6-18.

View the individual robot matches live on NASA TV

You can follow me on Twitter @mplanchard1 as I meet the teams and share innovative robot designs, filled with imagination.

Here are some highlights from today

FRC190 at Airport

Seeing Team 190 WPI Mass Academy, Worcesterm MA at the Detroit airport

FRC11 Mort

Meeting Team 11 Mort at registration

Team 2576 Chile

Greeting Team 2576 from Santiago Chili in the hotel lobby

Team 5291 Emperius Israel

Meeting members from Rookie Team 5291 Emperius from Eilat, Israel.

FRC 1640 Sab-BOT-age

Seeing the great sign from Team 1640 Sab-Bot-age, Downingtown, PA, that thank the sponsors

FRC 4905

Sarah meeting our newest friends from FRC 4905 Ayer – Shirley, MA,  our hometown rookies.

Can’t wait for tomorrow.  The SolidWorks community keeps growing.  Marie

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard