PTC announced its continued support of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Building on previous years, PTC will support seven regional competitions throughout the U.S. and Israel in addition to sponsoring 82 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams, 35 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams, and nine FIRST LEGO League teams during the 2012-2013 season.
“PTC is a Strategic Partner of FIRST and the company is fully committed to the values of FIRST. PTC shares our goal of helping students develop STEM skills,” said Robert Tuttle, interim president, FIRST. “PTC works very hard to connect FIRST students to mentors not only with its 6,000 employees, but also with their 27,000 global manufacturing customers so that students worldwide can develop the engineering skills that are in high demand from these organizations.”
As a Strategic Partner of the FIRST Progression of Programs for K-12, PTC provides free software, including PTC Creo, PTC Mathcad and PTC Windchill to all participating FIRST teams. PTC has offered Windchill in the cloud to FRC and FTC teams since 2008. This year teams in the FIRST LEGO League and Jr. FIRST LEGO League can also access the software.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.