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Mouser Electronics Empowers Student Innovation with FIRST Robotics Regional Sponsorship

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Mouser Electronics, Inc., the New Product Introduction (NPI) leader empowering innovation, is pleased to announce that it will once again be a major sponsor of the 2017 FIRST® Robotics Competition Dallas Regional, March 8–11 at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, Texas.

Mouser is a strong supporter of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an international high school robotics building contest that began in 1992. This year’s creative STEAMWORKS theme promises to inspire and challenge students and entertain audiences of all ages. As a Captain of Innovation sponsor, Mouser will showcase some of the newest technologies at its exhibit in the pit area at the North Texas event, where over 50 robotics teams from across Texas and Oklahoma — as well as teams from Brazil and Chile — will set up to compete and advance to the FIRST Championship.

“Fostering education has been a large part of our mission here at Mouser since our founding more than 50 years ago,” said Kevin Hess, Mouser’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. “We are proud to continue sponsoring a program that supports the brightest young minds and future engineers. The FIRST Robotics Competition provides students with a platform for innovation, a chance to solve real engineering challenges, and an opportunity to build character and self-esteem.”

For the first time, this year’s FIRST Championship will be held in two locations to accommodate a record number of teams. The championship kicks off April 19–22 in Houston, and then continues April 26–29 in St. Louis, where Mouser will sponsor the Hall of Fame Exhibit, which honors the winning teams of the esteemed Chairman’s Award.

Since 2012, Mouser has supported FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) at the local, regional, and international levels, including donating electronic components to FIRST teams. The FRC challenges high school students to build 120-pound robots that complete a different task each year using a standard set of parts, plus any additional off-the-shelf or custom parts. The regional event in Irving will include students, university and corporate mentors, and local leaders in business, government, education and the media. Each FRC team receives a kit of parts, including motors, batteries, a control system, a PC, and a mix of automation components — with no instructions. Teams have six weeks to transform their kits into working robots designed to perform specific tasks. To learn more about how Mouser supports FIRST Robotics, visit http://www.mouser.com/first/.

With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser strives to empower innovation among design engineers and buyers by delivering advanced technologies. Mouser stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics’ website is continually updated and offers advanced search methods to help customers quickly locate inventory. Mouser.com also houses data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.

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