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PTC Sponsored Teams Take First Place at the 2014 FIRST Championship Games

PTC (Nasdaq: PTC) today extended congratulations to its company-sponsored, award-winning teams at the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship in St. Louis, Mo., April 23-25, 2014. PTC sponsored Team 74, Team C.H.A.O.S. from Holland, Michigan was with the winning alliance for the FIRST Robotics Competition and PTC sponsored Team 7013, Hot Wired from Portland, Oregon was the winning alliance captain for the FIRST Tech Challenge.

Developing tomorrow’s engineers, scientists and innovators is the vision that drives the FIRST series of robotic events. The 2013-2014 FIRST season attracted over 350,000 students representing 32,000 teams that built 28,000 robots with the help of 130,000 volunteers, mentors and coaches. These teams participated across the globe in regional and district FIRST Robotic Competitions, FIRST Tech Challenges and FIRST LEGO League competitions. The programs culminate in an international robotics competition and celebration where teams win recognition, gain self-confidence, develop people and life skills, make new friends, and perhaps discover an unforeseen career path.

FIRST helps students get excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),” said John Stuart, senior vice president global education, PTC. “The excitement and challenges these kids face building and competing in FIRST leads to a passion, which then leads to doing something very positive. PTC is making an investment for the future as these students will hopefully work for our customers. We’re proud to continue our support of FIRST and we congratulate all the teams that participated in this year’s championships.”

FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) Championship – FRC combines sports excitement with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams are challenged to fundraise, design a brand, exercise teamwork, and build and program robots to perform tasks against competitors. In this year’s game, AERIAL ASSIST℠, FRC teams took to the field, where competing Alliances scored points by throwing balls over a truss, catching balls, and putting as many balls in goals as possible. PTC sponsored Team 74, Team C.H.A.O.S., Holland, Michigan, was part of the winning alliance that claimed the top spot in FRC championship.

FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) World Championship – FTC students learn to think like engineers. Teams build robots from a reusable kit of parts, develop strategies, document their progress, and compete head to head. The object of this year’s game, named FTC® BLOCK PARTY!℠, was to score more points than an opponent by placing plastic blocks into pendulum goals. Teams were challenged to raise their team alliance flag up a flagpole, raise their robots off the ground using a platform pull-up bar, and end the match with a balanced pendulum to earn extra points. PTC sponsored Team 7013, Hot Wired from Portland, Oregon was part of the winning alliance for the FIRST Tech Challenge.

At this year’s FIRST Championship, the PTC booth showcased how many FIRST teams used PTC software to design, develop and build a robot while collaborating and communicating among team members, coaches, mentors and sponsors. Teams worked with the same PTC software used by leading manufacturing companies around the world. FIRST students had the opportunity to compete in the PTC Design Award with the winner, Team 3486, Techno Warriors Advanced from Brandon, WI, showing the most complete 3D robot design.

PTC sponsored teams received the following awards at the 2014 FIRST Championship in St. Louis:

FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) Awards

FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) Awards

FIRST has designated PTC as a Strategic Partner, its highest level of sponsor recognition, based on its cumulative support of teams, annual in-kind donations, resources, technology, design and collaboration software, training and employee involvement as well as contributions across the FIRST family of K-12 programs.

PTC is proud to be a Crown Supplier to the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) for the eighth consecutive year and the official CAD and Collaboration Sponsor to the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) for the sixth year, providing free software, including PTC Creo®, PTC Mathcad® and PTC Windchill® software, to participating teams.

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