The PTR Group Announces 2011 Financial and Technical Support to US FIRST Robotics Competition Teams
HERNDON, Va., Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The PTR Group, a leading real-time and embedded technology engineering services provider, today announced that it has agreed to sponsor five high school teams for the 2011 season of the US FIRST Robotics Competition (http://usfirst.org).
The PTR Group will provide funding to five high school teams in four different states. The teams are from Atholton HS inColumbia, MD, Rockwall HS in Rockwall, TX, James Madison HS in Vienna, VA, Herndon HS/NASA HQ, in Herndon, VA and McDowell HS in Erie, PA. All teams have direct mentorship from engineers who are employed by The PTR Group. Each team will receive up to a $5000 donation, based on need, on their behalf for US FIRST. The teams will use the funds for competition registration fees, parts and equipment, and other expenses in the operation of their robotics programs.
"We have been involved a number of years with FIRST programs around the country, but this year marks the first year we have sponsored five teams," says Sharon Brackett, company president and mentor to the Atholton HS team. "FIRST continues to provide a unique experience where young minds come in contact with professionals that can show them how their ability to solve problems will serve them for a lifetime. FIRST is the only high school team sport where every player can go pro."
The PTR Group, with a staff of 35, feels that by making a strong commitment of time and money, their investment will pay off in future years by allowing for a strong pool of American-based embedded systems engineering talent for future generations of devices and systems yet to be developed. The company challenges other engineering firms of their size, and larger, to follow in their example by supporting their own local FIRST teams both financially and with mentor assistance.
FIRST is the brainchild of inventor Dean Kamen. The organization inspires young people's interest and participation in science and technology. This year, nearly 1,700 teams of high school students from around the world will build robots for the competition. Local competitions lead to regional ones. The competition culminates with the championships in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO, April 27-30, 2011.