DALLAS & FORT WORTH, Texas — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 11, 2018 — Mouser Electronics, Inc., the new product introduction leader empowering innovation, will sponsor the FIRST® Robotics Competition Hall of Fame exhibit at the 2018 FIRST Championship events in Houston and Detroit. Overall, more than 30,000 high school students worldwide are expected to participate in the two 4-day championship events.
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Mouser Electronics will be a major sponsor of the FIRST Championship, April 18–21 in Houston and April 25–28 in Detroit. The annual robotics event, which fosters STEM education, attracts thousands of high school teams from around the world. Photo from 2017 FIRST events. (Photo: Business Wire)
For many years, Mouser has been a major supporter of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the world’s leading child-serving nonprofit advancing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Mouser sponsors FIRST competitions at the local, regional and international levels and also donates electronic components to FIRST teams.
“Electronics education is key to Mouser's mission, going back to our founding more than 50 years ago,” said Kevin Hess, Mouser's Senior Vice President of Marketing. “The FIRST Robotics Competition provides students with a platform for innovation, a chance to solve real engineering challenges, and an opportunity to build character and self-esteem. We are proud to sponsor this exciting and enriching event.”
The FIRST Championship events are set for Houston, April 18–21, and Detroit, April 25–28. Mouser will sponsor the Hall of Fame exhibit, which honors the winning teams of the esteemed Chairman's Award at both championship locations. Instead of awarding the Chairman’s Award to the team that earns the most points in the competition, FIRST honors the team that best exemplifies the goals and values of FIRST.
The 2018 arcade-inspired theme — FIRST POWER UPTM — promises to inspire, challenge and entertain students. Two 3-team alliances are “trapped” in an 8-bit video game, where they must control their robots to perform tasks and defeat the evil boss to win the game. Each FIRST Robotics Competition team receives a kit of parts — including motors, batteries, a control system, a PC and a mix of automation components — with no instructions. Teams have six weeks to transform their kits into working robots designed to perform specific tasks.
At this year’s Dallas regional competition, held March 1–4 in Irving, Mouser was a Captains of Innovation Sponsor. The event hosted 59 teams from Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Brazil. This year also marks the third time the competition will be offered through the University Interscholastic League (UIL), for public primary and secondary schools in Texas. The UIL championship, also sponsored by Mouser, is set for May 17–19 at the Austin Convention Center.
To learn more about how Mouser supports FIRST, visit www.mouser.com/first.
With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser strives to empower innovation among design engineers and buyers by delivering advanced technologies. Mouser stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics’ website is continually updated and offers advanced search methods to help customers quickly locate inventory. Mouser.com also houses data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.
About Mouser Electronics
Mouser Electronics, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is an award-winning, authorized semiconductor and electronic component distributor focused on rapid New Product Introductions from its manufacturing partners for electronic design engineers and buyers. The global distributor’s website, Mouser.com, is available in multiple languages and currencies and features more than 5 million products from over 700 manufacturers. Mouser offers 22 support locations around the world to provide best-in-class customer service and ships globally to over 600,000 customers in 170 countries from its 750,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility south of Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit www.mouser.com.
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Further information, contact:
Kevin Hess, 817-804-3833
Senior Vice President of Marketing
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