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Publication Date: 03/1/2009
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TTI Donates Supplies to FIRST Robotics Competition
Fort Worth, TX — TTI, Inc. is joining forces with the not-for-profit organization, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. TTI has provided a variety of resistors, capacitors and connectors for the 2009 FRC kit of parts which recently were distributed to more than 1,680 teams of high school students.

By providing components for the competition, FIRST suppliers are putting the latest technology in the hands of students, giving them the opportunity to apply the same tools used by scientists and engineers and ultimately helping them learn real-world skills they will carry into the workplace.

Since 1992, FIRST has brought the excitement of a sporting event to science and technology via robotics competitions. On January 3, the organization unveiled the annual engineering challenge to teams, who also received a kit of parts that included motors, batteries, a control system and a mix of automation components — but no instructions. Working with mentors, students have six weeks to design, build, program and test their robots in preparation for regional events that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration and the determination of students. More than 42,000 students from 10 countries will design and build robots to compete in regional events with winners advancing to the FIRST Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, later this year. Participating students are eligible to apply for more than $9 million in scholarships offered by leading universities, colleges and corporations.

Contact: TTI, 2441 Northeast Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76106-1896 817-740-9000 or 817-429-4600 fax: 817-740-1260 Web:

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