FIRST® Robotics DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Competition Kickoff Event Hosted by CORI, OSU & PAST

December 27, 2018

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FIRST® Robotics DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Competition Kickoff Event Hosted by CORI, OSU & PAST

(Columbus, OH) The Center of Robotics Innovation (CORI) is joining The Ohio State University and PAST Innovation Lab, an educational R&D prototyping facility, to host a kickoff event for the FIRST® Robotics Competition Season to be held on Saturday – January 5, 2019. The event will begin at 9:00am at the PAST Innovation Lab, located at 1003 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, Ohio.

For 30 years, FIRST® has inspired millions of young people to reach for the stars. This season teams will blast off and find out what is possible when they dream big and work together to inspire the next generation of innovators, technology leaders, and changemakers here on Earth – and beyond. Watch a short video clip HERE

FIRST® Robotics Competition will challenge robotics teams to travel to the outer limits of the universe in DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE presented by The Boeing Company. Providing limited time and resources, teams of students, with the support of adult mentors, build and program robots to perform challenging tasks in competition with other teams. PAST Innovation Lab will host 20 robotics teams from the Central Ohio area and is expecting 400 students at the kickoff event. For more information on the competition click HERE

Robotics Competition is the ultimate Sport for the Mind,TM where imagination and innovation come together. Being a part of a FIRST® team prepares students who will lead the future of engineering and automation. “I know of no other experience that is better suited to help students prepare for their futures,” said Dr. Andrew Bruening, Metrobots FIRST® Robotics Team 3324 coach and Operational Director of CORI. “Students with all types of interests and talents come together to collaborate, problem-solve and innovate technology solutions.”.

The Center of Robotics Innovation (CORI) is a program of the PAST Foundation focused on enhancing skill-based learning of robotics to support Ohio workforce development. Through a growing partnership of schools, teams, businesses and philanthropic organizations, CORI uses FIRST® Robotics to inspire students to explore science, technology, engineering and math. Encouraging local universities and businesses to engage directly with students, CORI provides mentors.

About PAST Foundation

For 18 years, PAST, a non-profit foundation, has been a leader in designing STEM education across the nation, bringing transdisciplinary problem-based learning to educators and experiential programs to students. Most notably, PAST was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for its Excellence in Innovation in the STEM 2026 vision report. PAST was the only educational entity in Ohio to be included in this publication (full report).

PAST was also recognized in 2014, by CGI America and former President Bill Clinton for their outstanding work, and again in 2015 for their achievements in improving STEM education in rural America. In 2015, the PAST Innovation Lab was recognized by the White House Summit on High School Design.

For more information on PAST Foundation and how you can link learning to life, visit or contact Lori Trent at