For Immediate Press Release:


Announcing the Worldwide Release of the FIRST Robotics FRC

Game Challenge


Free Event and Open to the Public


Event:  Worldwide Release of the FIRST Robotics FRC Game Challenge

Date:  Saturday, January 7, 2017

Location:  Penn High School, 56100 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, Indiana, Room LGI-A (enter through rear Door J)

Time:  10:20 – 11:30 a.m. Live Broadcast


Penn Robotics Team 135 and interested community members will meet at Penn High School’s LGI-A (enter through Door J) at 10:20 am to prepare for the worldwide release of the FRC game challenge starting at 10:30 am.  After the game release, Penn Robotics Team 135 begins designing and building this year’s FRC Competition Robot.


At Kickoff, teams will be shown the game and challenge details for the first time, and will receive a Kit of Parts made up of motors, batteries, control system components, construction materials, and a mix of additional automation components. More than 85,000 students from around the world will watch the live-feed from FIRST® Robotics’ headquarters in Manchester New Hampshire to find out the goal of this season’s competition. Each year a new game is introduced and teams have six weeks to design and build a robot, which will compete at local, regional and national events.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual competition that challenges high school students – working alongside professional Mentors – to construct a robot of their own, and compete in the ultimate Sport for the Mind™ that measures the effectiveness of each robot, the power of teamwork and collaboration, and each team’s display of Gracious Professionalism ®. Through their participation, students experience the excitement of science, engineering, technology, and innovation; build well-rounded life capabilities such as self-confidence, communication, and leadership; and qualify for over $30 million in college scholarships.


This is the 20th season for Penn Robotics in the FIRST Competition.  Last year Team 135 was honored with the “Regional Engineering Inspiration Award” at the Indiana State Championships in Kokomo on April 14-16.  As part of that award, NASA paid their $5,000 entry fee for the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.


Penn Robotics Team 135 was in the local news this past year for assisting with the Voice for Braylen project, helping a local first grader with mobility and communication.  For more information about our organization, please visit our website:

About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $25 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to

About IndianaFIRST
IndianaFIRST is an organization dedicated to growing FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics programs in the state of Indiana. FIRST is a multinational non-profit organization that aspires to transform our culture, making science, math, engineering, and technology as cool for kids as sports are today. Founded in the fall of 2001 as the Indiana-based affiliate of FIRST, IndianaFIRST brings FIRST programming to students in grades K-12, teaching them hands-on skills in engineering, science, and technology that they can relate back to their class work. Kids compete against other kids in local, state, and regional competitions in what is frequently called “The Super Bowl of Smarts.”

TEASER VIDEO for the competition and MORE DETAILS:


LIVE VIDEO FEED  – Access the Saturday, Jan. 7th webcast via

High resolution photos and video of previous Indiana robotics competition:

Additional Contact Information:

Hugh Meyer
IndianaFIRST PR Marketing
day: 317-786-9214
evening: 317 535-1200

Renee Becker-Blau
IndianaFIRST Executive Director
cell: 414 704-1415

Jim Langfeldt

Teacher Penn High School

Robotics Coordinator

Penn Robotics Team #135


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