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January 20, 2017 - Troy, NY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Hosts FIRST® Robotics Kickoff Event
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January 7, 2017 - Manchester, NH
Details of FIRST STEAMWORKSSM 2017 Robotics Game Revealed
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March 22, 2016 - Troy, NY
Local and Internationl High School Students Recognized for Outstanding Achievement During NY Tech Valley FIRST® Robotics Competition
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March 17, 2016 - Troy, NY
High School Students from Capital Region and Beyond Set to Showcase Design and Engineering Skills in FIRST® Robotics Competition
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February 18, 2016 - Troy, NY
Local Students Demonstrate Engineering Excellence at "FIRST STRONGHOLDSM" Regional Robotics Event
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January 9, 2016 - Manchester, NH
Details of FIRST STRONGHOLDSM 2016 Robotics Game Revealed
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November 11, 2015 - Malta, NY
Local High Schools Receive over $70,000 in Grants from New York Tech Valley FIRST Sponsors
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November 8, 2015 - Ballston Spa, NY
Students compete in robotics competition
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March 26, 2015 - Malta, NY
Teams meet at Ballston Spa high school on Nov. 7th for Robot Rumble 2015
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March 26, 2015 - Malta, NY
A Whirlwind Weekend: GLOBALFOUNDRIES Participates in NY Tech Valley Regional Robotics Competition
GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ blog post highlighting their NYTVR involvement
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March 20, 2015 - Troy, NY
NYS Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Opening Ceremony Letter
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March 20, 2015 - Troy, NY
New York Tech Valley high school robotics competition at RPI in Troy
Times Union coverage of the 2015 competition
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March 19, 2015 - Troy, NY
New GLOBALFOUNDRIES & GE Sponsor Videos produced by Outstanding Volunteer Award Winner Brett Brimhall!

March 18, 2015 - Troy, NY
Supporting STEM and Recycling: The Ultimate Robotics Competition That Celebrates Science and Technology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Hosting New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition
March 19-21
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March 16, 2015 - Troy, NY
The NY Tech Valley FIRST Robotics Planning Committee shares with sadness the passing of our Champion, CEG Executive Vice President Jeffrey Lawrence
Jeff was an experienced, motivated leader with more than thirty years management experience in technology commercialization, advanced manufacturing, economic development and change management at the regional, corporate and non-profit levels. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

As CEG’s Executive Vice President for the past 21 years, Jeff was responsible for manufacturing and technology programs, including work with the Chief Executives Network for Manufacturing. Jeff also served as the Executive Director of CEG’s NYSTAR designated Regional Technology Development Center, assisting Capital Region’s manufacturing and technology companies to innovate and grow.

As an enthusiastic Champion of FIRST Robotics, Jeff stated that, "The Center for Economic Growth is proud of all the FIRST Robotics students for truly putting the 'tech' in Tech Valley. This is an important program for cultivating the talent and passion of our youth for STEM learning, and a valuable experience for those who will ultimately go on to rewarding careers in the region's fast-growing advanced technology industries."

Jeff tirelessly shared his intellect, knowledge, experience, good nature, smile, humor and best judgment with each of us day in and day out. He made an incredible contribution over the past 30 years to the evolution and advancement of Tech Valley.

He will be missed dearly by all who knew him and worked with him.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his wife Sharon and his family at this difficult time.

March 13, 2015 - Malta, NY
GLOBALFOUNDRIES Launches New Coalition of Companies to Support New York Tech Valley FIRST® Robotics
New group raises $486,000 to sponsor local FIRST programs, including the 2015 New York Tech Valley FIRST® Robotics Competition
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March 11, 2015 - Troy, NY
Capital Region Students To Compete in "Recycle Rush" at the 2015 New York Tech Valley FIRST® Robotics Competition on March 20th - 21st
FIRST Robotics Competition Takes STEM Out of the Classroom and Into the Ring
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February 13, 2015 - Albany, NY
A Company of the M+W Group has joined NASA, GE, GLOBAL FOUNDRIES, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Time Warner Cable and National Grid as Region Co-Sponsors.
M+W has matched GLOBALFOUNDRIES' pledge of $75K over three years towards the New York Tech Valley FIRST Robotics Competition. M+W joins GLOBALFOUNDRIES in its pioneering multi-year commitment to the New York Tech Valley FIRST Robotics Competition.

January 8, 2015 - Malta, NY
At the FRC season kickoff at Renesselaer Polytechnic Institute, Brett Brimhall from Global Foundries shared that his company has made a 3-year commitment to support the New York Tech Valley Regional.
Global Foundries, an advanced technology leader in the Capital Region, has pledged $75K over three years towards the New York Tech Valley FIRST Robotics Competition.

December 9, 2014 - Albany, NY
HVCC to offer course certifiates to eligible FRC teams in New York State.
Certificates will be awarded to students from schools in the Capital Region, as well as Columbia, Greene, Washington, Warren, Fulton and Montgomery counties. Certificates are non-transferrable and have no expiration date.
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March 21, 2014 - Albany, NY
Capital Business Blog: FIRST Robotics Competitions hit New York
Business Council member Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) hosted the New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, last week. The program challenged high school students to use STEM skills to design and build a robot that competed against each other.
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March 20, 2014 - Troy, NY
Webcast archive is now available!
Did you miss the event? Or maybe you want to watch your favorite matches again? Well, you can watch everything from the Opening Ceremony to the Awards Presentation on both days in our Webcast archive!
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March 20, 2014 - Troy, NY
Inside Rensselaer: Tech Valley FIRST Robotics Competition Held
Competition brings excitement of a sporting event to science and technology via robotics
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March 19, 2014 - Potsdam, NY
North Country Now: Clarkson University-sponsored FIRST Robotics Competition team wins at NY Tech Valley Regional
Clarkson University's FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 229, "Division By Zero," won the inaugural New York Tech Valley Regional held March 13 to 15, its sixth regional FRC win since 1998.
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March 17, 2014 - Macclesfield, UK
AZorobotics.com: Inaugural New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Get ready to see the ultimate display of science, mathematics, and technology in action as 38 teams of high school students from the Capital Region, as well as other teams from New York state, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Indiana, and two international teams from Turkey and Canada, put their robots to the test and compete in the inaugural New York Tech Valley FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition.
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March 17, 2014 - Warren, OH
TribToday.com: Robotics teams compete in New York
Robotics teams from Austintown Fitch and Girard high schools both made it to the quarterfinal rounds before being eliminated this weekend at the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics regional competition in Troy, N.Y.
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March 15, 2014 - Schenectady, NY
The Daily Gazette: Robot competition makes science fun
Science is cool. At least, that's what the kids are saying these days. There was proof Friday and Saturday at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's East Campus Athletic Village. High school students filled the bleachers in crazy hats and team colors, waved pom-poms and flags and whooped and hollered when their school was mentioned.
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March 15, 2014 - Albany, NY
Time Warner Cable News: The New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition
Students from schools across the country and the world and put their skills to the test for "The New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition" at RPI.
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March 14, 2014 - Albany, NY
Times Union: Photos: Robotics Competition at RPI
High school robotics teams competed in the New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at RPI on Friday, March 14, 2014 in Troy, N.Y. Winners of this competition will go on to the championship in St. Louis.
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March 14, 2014 - Albany, NY
WNYT: High Schoolers break out the robots for battle
It's all about robotics today at RPI. Thirty eight High School teams are showing off their creations in the Tech Valley Regional Competition. It's the first time this regional event has been held in the Albany area. Photojournalist Rich Frederick takes a look.
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March 14, 2014 - Troy, NY
Photo Galleries Are Available
We've got some photos from the event up on the web site now!
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March 14, 2014 - Oneida, NY
Oneida Dispatch: Students from NY, US, world gather at RPI for FIRST Robotics Competition
Students on opposing red and blue teams have 2 minutes and 10 seconds to score as many points as they can using their own, homemade robots during the Tech Valley FIRST Robotics Competition which takes place today and Saturday on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus.
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March 13, 2014 - Troy, NY
Troy Record: High school students gather at RPI for annual robotics competition
More than 1,000 high school students, along with hundreds of teachers, college and professional mentors, parents, and 3,000 pounds of metal, gears, and electronics will converge at the East Campus Athletic Village at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institue in Troy, N.Y., for two days of compeition today and Saturday.
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March 13, 2014 - Michigan City, IN
Herald Argus: Michigan City Robotics Team Heads To New York
A La Porte student with a passion for computers and programming is hoping to spread his interests to others through robots.
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March 13, 2014 - Troy, NY
Watch the Public Service Announcement from Connect a Million Minds!
Courtesy of Time Warner Cable, Connect a Million Minds has put together a short PSA for the First® New York Tech Valley Robotics Regional Competition.
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March 13, 2014 - Troy, NY
Watch the event and live Twitter feed on our Webcast page!
Thanks to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's MultiMedia Services unit, you can watch the event live via webcast. Follow us on Twitter and live tweet during the event.
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March 12, 2014 - Pittsburgh, PA
TribLive.com: Western Pa. students prepare for robotics competitions
Area high school students will take robots this weekend to Troy, N.Y., and Youngwood.
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March 12, 2014 - Troy, NY
Coming to an Arena Near You: The Ultimate Robotics Competition That Celebrates Science and Technology
Get ready to see the ultimate display of science, mathematics, and technology in action as 38 teams of high school students from the Capital Region, as well as other teams from New York state, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Indiana, and two international teams from Turkey and Canada, put their robots to the test and compete in the inaugural New York Tech Valley FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition.
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March 7, 2014 - Troy, NY
Teams release reveal videos
There's only one week to go before the competition. If you are like us, you can't wait to see what the teams' robots can do. So check out the reveal videos they have put together!
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January 9, 2014 - Manchester, NH
Inventor Dean Kamen Urges Members of Congress to Close Innovation Deficit
Kamen Makes Case to Officials to Increase Accessibility of FIRST® Programs for All Students
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January 5, 2014 - Troy, NY
Student teams begin preparing for the New York Tech Valley FIRST Robotics Competition
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was filled with high school students Saturday as they schemed and strategized how best to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition.
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January 4, 2014 - Albany, NY
Local teams build a future in robotics
Capital Region students began the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition with a robot "quick build" at the annual kickoff.
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January 3, 2014 - Albany, NY
High school students to compete in regional robotics competition
Eleven teams from school districts throughout New York's Capital Region will participate in the first ever regional robotics competition.
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January 2, 2014 - Ballston Spa, NY
Ballston Spa High School Team 3044 Heads to 2014 FIRST Robotics Meet at RPI
More than 40 members of the Ballston Spa High School FIRST Robotics Team 3044, OxBE4, joined students from throughout the Capital District at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's annual kickoff event
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December 11, 2013 - Michigan City, IN
MC Robotics Receives NASA Grant
NASA has announced that Michigan City FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team 3936 is one of ten veteran robotics teams that will receive a $4,000 sponsorship to pay the team's entrance fee for the 2014 New York Tech Valley Regional competition in Troy, New York, next March.
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December 6, 2013 - Latham, NY
Shaker HS Robotics Team wins its 4th NASA grant
The Shaker HS Robotics Teams is a $5,000 winner of a NASA FIRST Robotics Competition grant. This is the fourth time the team has been a recipient.
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December 3, 2013 - Troy, NY
NASA Supports Tech Valley Teams
NASA has announced its support for thousands of FIRST teams across the nation, including 11 of the 38 teams competing in the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition at NY Tech Valley! This is one more illustration of the amazing support generated by NY Tech Valley FIRST among organizations concerned with providing resources leading to forging America's future workforce!
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November 14, 2013 - San Jose, CA
FIRST Founder Named 2013 Global Humanitarian
Dean Kamen was recently bestowed with the Global Humanitarian Award, the highest honor from The Tech Museum of Innovation. If you missed the live broadcast, you can read about it here.

November 7, 2013 - Manchester, NH
FIRST® Teams Open the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
FIRST team members and their robots will lead the 87th annual parade in NYC.
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October 3, 2013 - Troy, NY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Hosting Kickoff on Jan. 4, 2014
Teams are invited to register to attend the Kickoff event on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Campus. Public welcome!
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