HARTFORD, Conn. – Fifteen high school robotics teams sponsored by United Technologies Corp. or one of its units competed in the FIRST Robotics Championship held last week at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo.
Bobcat Robotics, from South Windsor High School and sponsored by UTC Power, advanced to the Championship round in the April 27-30 competition. The South Windsor team won its first two semi-final matches before being upset in the final round. Students and mentors were cheered on by more than 25,000 fans.
Overall, UTC sponsored 72 of the more than 350 teams that participated in various FIRST competitions prior to the championship. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” UTC is a long-time supporter of FIRST and of science, technology and math education.
In January, high school students nationwide accepted the FIRST challenge. Each team had six weeks to turn a box of parts into a fully-functioning robot designed to compete against other robots. In March, dozens of UTC employees mentored students on 22 teams, at the Northeast Utilities FIRST Connecticut Regional Robotics event, at the Connecticut Convention Center.
This year, United Technologies awarded $80,000 in bonus grants to assist qualifying teams to help pay for registration and travel costs. United Technologies has donated more than $3 million to FIRST Robotics since 1995. Every year, employees volunteer 27,000 hours as mentors and judges.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries. UTC’s products include Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines, Sikorsky helicopters, Carrier heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, Hamilton Sundstrand aerospace systems and industrial products, Otis elevators and escalators, UTC Fire & Security systems and UTC Power fuel cells.