Bosch Hosts Michigan FIRST Robotics VIP Reception, Supports STEM Education

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., April 11, 2013 — (PRNewswire) —


As part of the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) 

Robotics State Championship, Bosch will sponsor a VIP Reception and Pit Tour Parade on

Saturday, April 13. The FIRST State Championship is free and open to the public. VIP reception

attendance is by invitation only. All events are open to the media. The reception will include a brief

program featuring leaders (speaker list below) from government, industry and academia discussing

the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and how adult

mentored programs, such as FIRST Robotics, are helping the next generation achieve career

opportunities. Following the program, the attendees will break into eight groups and create a

parade through the team pit area. The reception attendees will celebrate the students as VIPs and

encourage them to continue to pursue STEM education. Good photo/video opportunities available

during the reception and Pit Tour Parade.

This year, Bosch is sponsoring 10 FIRST teams in Michigan and South Carolina. Since 2000,

Bosch has made financial contributions to this innovative program, and many Bosch associates

have volunteered countless hours to mentor FIRST students.

For details on this year's competition, visit


Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan

Charlie Ackerman, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Robert Bosch LLC

Chuck Gaidica, Director, Meteorology, WDIV-TV 4

Jack Hu, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering, University of Michigan

Tom Stephens , Board Member, FIRST Robotics

Dr. Satish Udpa , Executive Vice President for Administrative Services, Michigan State University


Saturday, April 13, at 9:30 a.m.

     • Remarks begin at 10:20 a.m.

     • Pit Tour Parade starts at 10:50 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m.

     • Reception ends at noon


Eagle's Nest Suite

Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center

799 N. Hewitt Road

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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