PTC Collaborates with FIRST ® and the American International School of Bucharest to Launch the FIRST ® Tech Challenge

BUCHAREST, Romania,   March 31, 2011 - PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), The Product Development Company®, is collaborating with FIRST® and the American International School of Bucharest to pilot a FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) competition in Bucharest.

The competition will take place on April 2 at the American International School of Bucharest, bringing together four FTC teams representing top international schools from Eastern Europe, including the American International School of Bucharest; the Anglo-American School of Sofia; the American International School of Zagreb; and the American School of Warsaw.

James Heppelmann, PTC President and CEO, and a member of the FIRST National Executive Advisory Board, stated, "PTC strongly supports FIRST and what it represents for our collective future. The way the students work together to pool their resources and skills and help each and every team compete to their best ability is inspiring. FIRST is an exemplary program that creates shared value for the students and for PTC."

FIRST Tech Challenge is a mid-level robotics competition designed for high school-students who want a hands-on learning experience to develop and hone their skills and abilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Reaching more than 250,000 students worldwide annually, FIRST has designed accessible, innovative, Mentor-based programs that give students the opportunity to apply science and technology concepts learned in the classroom to ‘real-world' engineering problems. Students work on open-ended challenges and create their own solutions, while developing teamwork, presentation and business skills. 

According to John D. Stuart, Senior VP, Global Education, and PTC Romania Country Manager, "The FIRST Tech Challenge program for high schools is one of the best programs in the world for developing the scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians of the future. We are grateful to FIRST and the American International School of Bucharest for collaborating with PTC to bring this program to Eastern Europe.  The long-term effect will be an expansion of this program across Romania and all of Eastern Europe thanks to their leadership." 

This year's FTC game, GET OVER IT!TM, is a sports-type competition involving rolling goals, mountain-like obstacles, balancing and sensors.  In addition to scoring points, winners must demonstrate critical thinking, strategy, and oral and written communication skills, as well as the ability to work as part of a community.  

PTC has provided training for all the teams involved in the competition as well as free creo-elements-pro/">CreoTM Elements/ProTM software for designing and building the robots. The training, which consisted of hands-on workshops, was organized onsite between January and February 2011. The teams also have had access to calculation software, Mathcad and to the Windchill collaboration platform.

Ken Johnson, Director, FIRST Tech Challenge, notes, "We are pleased that PTC is able to bring FIRST Tech Challenge to Romania. PTC has a successful track record of bringing together the key ingredients of implementing a successful FTC international launch. This includes world-class customers, universities, schools and PTC employees to volunteer and manage a pilot and then a roll-out in Romania."

About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people.  Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $14 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for high-school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLLTM) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious ProfessionalismTM is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.

About PTC (www.ptc.com)
PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), The Product Development Company®, develops, markets and supports product development software solutions and related services that help companies achieve their product development strategies and optimize  their processes. Using the company's tightly integrated CAD and enterprise PLM solutions, organizations are better able to create and manage product information throughout the lifecycle for optimal product development success. 

About PTC Academic Program
The PTC Academic Program is a global initiative dedicated to delivering a comprehensive and scalable modern product development education by providing industry leading software plus standards based curriculum and training; enabling today's students to become tomorrow's innovators. Today, more than 25.000 schools, 1.800 universities, 45.000 teachers and 10.000.000 students in 30 countries use PTC solutions.


PTC, The Product Development Company, Creo Elements/Pro, Mathcad, and Windchill are trademarks or registered trademarks of Parametric Technology Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.

FIRST®, the FIRST® logo, FIRST® Robotics Competition, FRC®, FIRST® Tech Challenge, FTC®, are registered trademarks, and GET OVER IT!™ are common law trademarks, of the United States Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®). FIRST® LEGO® League, Junior FIRST® LEGO® League, FLL®, Jr.FLL™ are jointly held trademarks of FIRST and The LEGO Group. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2011 FIRST. All rights reserved.

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