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Hoosier Robots Set To Compete In Four Newly Announced Host Cities
Updated September 8, 2017 7:15 AM
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(UNDATED) - Four Indiana cities and their local high schools have been selected as tournament host sites for the IndianaFIRST 2018 Statewide Robotics Competition (FRC), a tournament that matches high school teams against each other for a chance to eventually represent Indiana in national and international competitions.

This STEM based robotics program is designed to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills.

5403 Aluminosity, of Bedford and 3494 The Quadrangles, of Bloomington will be competing.

Collin Fultz, IndianaFIRST, Inc. president said "We are very excited to announce our event locations for the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Season. I believe that the strength of our teams in Indiana is shown in the number of strong proposals we received. We thank everyone who applied and look forward to our three District Qualifying events and our State Championship."

Renee Becker-Blau, Executive Director of the organization said, "IndianaFIRST is building the next generation of problem solvers through mentorship, hands on learning, and intense competition. The students involved in the FIRST Robotics Competition program in Indiana have a 75 percent chance of going on to a STEM career. Students in this program are learning the skills that employers in Indiana want their employees to have. We are looking forward to bringing the FRC program to a new community in Plainfield and returning back to the St. Joseph, Tippecanoe, and Kokomo areas!"

Competition Week 2
FRC Indiana District St. Joseph Event
March 10-11, 2018 Saturday & Sunday
Penn High School
56100 Bittersweet Road
Mishawaka, IN 46545

Josiah Parker, Penn High School's STEM Academy Leader said, "We are excited to share the amazing family that is FIRST Robotics with our local community."

Competition Week 4
FRC Indiana District Plainfield Event
March 24-25, 2018 Saturday & Sunday
Plainfield High School
1 Red Pride Drive
Plainfield, IN 46168

Mike Taylor, event coordinator for the Plainfield event said, "We are very excited to represent Hendricks county and bring competitive robotics to the west side of Indianapolis."

West Lafayette
Competition Week 5
FRC Indiana District Tippecanoe Event
March 30-31, 2018 Friday & Saturday
William Henry Harrison High School
5701 North 50 West
West Lafayette, IN 47906-9736

Betsy Baxter the Tippecanoe District Committee Chair said, "William Henry Harrison High School is excited to welcome an IndianaFIRST District Event back for the third year. The Greater Lafayette Area has a history of supporting FIRST. The students, staff, and administration of Harrison High School are honored to be continuing the tradition of promoting STEM and generating excitement for robotics within not only the district, but the community and the state."

Competition Week 7
FRC Indiana State Championship Event
April 13-14, 2018 Friday & Saturday
Kokomo Memorial Gymnasium
5 E Superior St
Kokomo, IN 46901

"We are excited to have the IndianaFIRST State Championship event back in Kokomo for 2018", said Andy Baker, Chairman of the IndianaFIRST State Championship committee. "The support of the Kokomo community makes hosting an event of this scale possible. Kokomo Center Schools, Indiana University-Kokomo, the local FIRST Robotics teams, and the Kokomo Visitor's Bureau are just a few of the groups who work with our committee to ensure teams visiting our city have the best experience possible. Downtown Kokomo has undergone significant development in the past two years with new restaurants, entertainment and retail establishments opening. We are looking forward to hosting and showcasing our city to the FIRST teams who will attend this event," he said.

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