2goPC Partners with First as a Gold Supplier

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2goPC Inspires Next Generation of Innovators as Gold Supplier of the FIRST® Robotics Competition

2goPC a division of CTL Corporation announced today that it has joined forces with FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, as a Gold Supplier of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC®)

The FIRST Robotics Competition Gold Supplier level designates a contribution between $50,000 and $200,000. 2goPC provided components for the 2010 FRC Kit of Parts which was distributed to more than 1,800 teams of high-school students on January 9, 2010.

“For 18 years, the FIRST organization has been working to create a culture where students not only emulate leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); but also realize the potential within themselves to someday be one of those pioneers,” said FIRST president, Paul R. Gudonis. 2goPC is helping to instill those values and beliefs in today’s youth. Like FIRST, 2goPC aims to excite students about pursuing careers in innovation.”

By providing components for the competition, FIRST suppliers are putting the latest technology in the hands of students, giving them the opportunity to apply the same tools used by professional scientists and engineers and ultimately helping them learn real-world skills they will carry into the workplace.

Since 1992, FIRST has brought the excitement of a sporting event to science and technology via robotics competitions. On January 9, the organization unveiled the annual engineering challenge to teams, who also received a Kit of Parts made up of 577 items including motors, batteries, a control system, a PC, and a mix of automation components – but no instructions. Working with mentors, students now have just six weeks to design, build, program, and test their robots in preparation for regional events that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students.

In the 2010 FRC “Breakaway” robotics game, two alliances of three teams will compete on a 27-by-54-foot field with bumps, attempting to earn points by collecting soccer balls in goals. Additional bonus points will be earned for each robot suspended in air and not touching the field at the end of the match.

More than 45,000 students from 12 countries will design and build robots to compete in regional events with winners advancing to the FIRST Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, April 15-17, 2010. Participating students are eligible to apply for nearly $12 million in scholarships offered by leading universities, colleges, and companies.

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 nearly $12 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.FLL) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism™ 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 http://www.usfirst.org.

About 2goPC a division of CTL

Founded in 1989, CTL manufactures CTL-branded computers, laptops, monitors and servers as well as the Nexus® brand of plasma and LCD televisions and the 2go™ brand of netbooks. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with offices in Seattle and Seoul, Korea, CTL supplies public sector and corporate customers throughout the US. CTL's Retronics division is one of the nation's leading recyclers of technology components. For more information about CTL and 2goPC, please visit CTL's product website: http://www.ctlcorp.com/shop.

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