BISHOP-WISECARVER INSPIRES NEXT GENERATION OF INNOVATORS AS SILVER SUPPLIER OF THE FIRST® ROBOTICS COMPETITION
FRC Competition in San Jose, CA
Photo Taken by BWC
Pittsburg, CA - - March 30, 2010 - - Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation, manufacturer of the original DualVee guide wheel and industry leader in guided motion technology, announced today that for the fourth consecutive year it has joined forces with FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology, as a Silver Supplier of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC®).
The FIRST Robotics Competition Silver Supplier level designates a contribution between $10,000 and $50,000. Bishop-Wisecarver provided an in-kind contribution of $29,000 for the 2010 FRC Kit of Parts which was distributed to more than 1,800 teams of high-school students on January 9, 2010.
In addition to the charitable contribution to the FIRST Robotics Competition Kit of Parts, Bishop-Wisecarver is co-sponsoring three local high schools. "We have been closely following the teams' progress in their designing and building of their robots for the regional competitions, says Pamela Kan, President of Bishop-Wisecarver. It's been an amazing experience to watch the excitement these students exude, their teamwork, and the utilization of their science and math skills as they turn their innovative ideas and designs into reality."
"Bishop-Wisecarver is a generous supporter of the FIRST Robotics Competition," said FIRST president, Paul R. Gudonis. "As a Silver Supplier, Bishop-Wisecarver greatly helps us to achieve our vision: 'to create a world where science and technology are celebrated... where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders."
By providing components for the competition, FIRST suppliers are putting the latest technology in the hands of students, giving them the opportunity to apply the same tools used by professional scientists and engineers and ultimately helping them learn real-world skills they will carry into the workplace.
Since 1992, FIRST has brought the excitement of a sporting event to science and technology via robotics competitions. On January 9, the organization unveiled the annual engineering challenge to teams, who also received a Kit of Parts made up of 577 items including motors, batteries, a control system, a PC, and a mix of automation components - but no instructions. Working with mentors, students now have just six weeks to design, build, program, and test their robots in preparation for regional events that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students.
In the 2010 FRC "Breakaway" robotics game, two alliances of three teams will compete on a 27-by-54-foot field with bumps, attempting to earn points by collecting soccer balls in goals. Additional bonus points will be earned for each robot suspended in air and not touching the field at the end of the match.
More than 45,000 students from 12 countries will design and build robots to compete in regional events with winners advancing to the FIRST Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, April 15-17, 2010. Participating students are eligible to apply for nearly $12 million in scholarships offered by leading universities, colleges, and companies.
For more information on Bishop-Wisecarver, visit www.bwc.com
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For event schedules, sponsorships or other information about FIRST or the FIRST Robotics Competition, visit USFIRST.org
Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation has remained one of the most respected names in guided motion technology since 1950. The San Francisco Bay Area company manufactures, stocks, and distributes guided motion components and systems for linear, rotary and curved track applications. Bishop-Wisecarver products are used worldwide in industries such as packaging, medical device manufacturing, wood processing, food processing, and semi-conductor fabrication.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and nearly $12 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for high-school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.#####
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