FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) made the announcement this week. The international championship attracts more than 25,000 kids, mentors and parents to St. Louis for the science and technology event. FIRST was founded in 1989 by noted inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders, and FIRST Programs are projected to reach more than 350,000 young people in more than 80 countries in the 2014 season.
"FIRST is confident that the city of St. Louis and its local partners will continue to enable us to provide high-quality experiences for our community," said Donald E. Bossi, president of FIRST. "We are pleased and excited to bring the culminating event of our Sport for the Mind to a city that has been such a solid supporter of the mission of FIRST for so many years."
The city of St. Louis has held a FIRST Robotics Competition Regional event for more than 12 years and has hundreds of volunteers involved in all four FIRST programs, including Junior FIRST Lego League, FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge and the FIRST Robotics Competition. The local FIRST community assists all of the state's robotics teams with mentors, volunteers, venues and financial support.
The FIRST Championship event for 2015-2017 will continue to be housed at the America's Center Convention Complex in downtown St. Louis.
The dates for the FIRST Championships in St. Louis are April 22-25, 2015; April 27-30, 2016; and April 26-29, 2017. The 2014 championship will be held in St. Louis April 23-26.
For more on FIRST, including opportunities to join or create local teams, visit www.usfirst.org.