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Hartford Hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition District Event

42 New England High School Teams Compete at Hartford Public High School April 1-2 

EVENT: 42 high school teams prepare for “lift off” in the 2017 FIRST Robotics District Competition taking place at Hartford Public High School April 1-2.  The event is free and open to the public.

Again this year, United Technologies Corporation  is the “Presenting Sponsor” of NE FIRST and the NE FIRST District Championship.  United Technologies is joined by General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Pfizer, The PCLB Foundation, and Thrivent Financial in sponsoring the event.

The Hartford District Competition is one of 10 events which run throughout New England during the month of March.  Teams compete at these events to earn ranking points, and the top 64 teams will be invited to compete at the New England District Championship April 7-8 at the University of New Hampshire.  From there, 37 teams will represent New England at the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis at the end of April.

Teams participating in the NE FIRST District Championship have been working intensely since January 9 to design, build and program robots for this year's FIRST Robotics Competition game, FIRST steamWorks. In FIRST steamWorks, two alliances of three robots are invited to form two adventure clubs from an era in which technology relied on steam power to prepare their airships for the ultimate long distance race. Robots have to maneuver around the field, build steam, move rotors, and install gears to give their airship “lift off”.


WHAT:                 NE FIRST, FIRST Robotics Hartford District Event

WHEN:                 Saturday April 1 – Sunday April 2

WHERE:               Hartford Public High School - 55 Forest St, Hartford, CT 06105

TIME:                  Saturday 10:30 am – 7 pm and Sunday 9:00 am– 5:00 pm

This event is free and open to the public.           


Check out the 201 FRC game, FIRST steamWorks on YouTube at

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Join the conversation: @nefirst and @NE_DCMP


Presenting Sponsor for the NE FIRST 2017 season is United Technologies.


About FIRST®

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization designs programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.


With support from three of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $50 million in college scholarships, FIRST hosts the following robotics programs:

The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) for Grades 9-12

The FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®), also for Grades 7-12

The FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) for Grades 4-8

The Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3