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Join the Excitement as 1,000 High School Students Compete At Hartford Public High School Robotics Event

Event motivates young people to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

EVENT: Thirty-nine high school teams prepare to enter DEEP SPACE in the 2019 FIRST® Robotics New England District Competition taking place at Hartford Public High School April 6-7. The event is free and open to the public.

United Technologies Corporation (UTC) is once again the Presenting Sponsor of FIRST New England Hartford Event and the New England District Championship. This is UTC’s 24th season sponsoring FIRST providing support and mentors to hundreds of teams across in the United States and across the world.

The Hartford competition is one of 12 events taking place throughout New England during March and April. Teams compete at these events to earn ranking points by winning on the field and through technical and non-technical awards. The top 64 teams will be invited to compete at the New England District Championship April 11-13 at WPI in Worcester, MA.  From there, 37 teams will represent New England at the FIRST World Championship in Detroit, April 24-27.

Teams participating in the Hartford Event have been working intensely since January 5 to design, build and program robots for this year's FIRST Robotics Competition game: DEEP SPACE. In DEEP SPACE, two alliances of three robots focus on collecting samples on planet Primus and must gather as many cargo pods as possible and prepare their spaceships before the next sandstorm arrives. Check out FIRST® DEEP SPACE on YouTube at and learn more about the competition at and  

WHAT:                 NE FIRST, FIRST Robotics Hartford District Event

WHEN:                 Saturday April 6, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday April 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.    

NOTE TO MEDIA:  Competition stops from 1-2 p.m. both days for lunch

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

This event is free and open to the public.            

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  for Grades 9-12

The FIRST® Tech Challenge also for Grades 7-12

The FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8

The FIRST® LEGO® League Junior for Grades K-3