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FIRST Celebrates Championship Event’s 2018 Arrival in Detroit

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FIRST rallied support for STEM education in Detroit on January 12 through an event at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Gov. Rick Snyder and Ken Morris, vice president of product integrity at General Motors, welcomed FIRST Founder Dean Kamen to Detroit; FIRST will bring its Championship event to the city in 2018 and will return each year, until at least 2020.

FIRST believes Detroit, as a hub for STEM innovation, thanks in large part to the automotive industry, is well-positioned to host this global event beginning in 2018. The 2018 event will take place April 25-28 with activities at both Cobo Center and Ford Field. There are currently 60 FIRST teams in the city of Detroit and nearly 1700 in the state of Michigan.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, N.H., the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Visit www.firstinspires.org.

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