New England Institute of Technology Hosts FIRST Tech Challenge

Date(s) - 02/08/2014
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

The competition heats up as 32 Rhode Island middle and high school teams showcase their creativity and skill through their

 custom-designed robots.

WHAT:           For the eighth year, New England Institute of Technology will serve as Rhode Island’s FIRST®   Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner along with two new event sponsors, the Providence Engineering Society and Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Services.   Founded in 1989 by accomplished inventor, Dean Kamen, FIRST®   (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), was designed to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in students.

WHEN:           Saturday, February 8, 2014, 9:30 am- 5:00 pm (Opening ceremony at 10:00 am)

WHERE:         New England Institute of Technology

Center for Automotive Technology

101 Access Road

Warwick, RI 02886

WHO:              Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Mayor Scott Avedisian, City of Warwick

Congressman Jim Langevin

Volunteers from the Rhode Island business community

New England Institute of Technology faculty and staff

WHY:              FIRST®   creates accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. Students learn how to design, build and program an original robot for competition against other teams using a sports model. For more information, visit

Volunteers from various industries throughout Rhode Island become partners in education by mentoring students to develop problem solving, critical thinking and innovative reasoning skills that are necessary to be successful in STEM careers.

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Tech is a private, non-profit technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.  For more information on NEIT, please visit or follow news of the college on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Tumblr, and the NEIT Blog.

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