PTC Thingworx IoT App development interface.
PTC will be donating their software library to all students participating in the FIRST Robotics Challenge. Of particular interest to these teams will be the inclusion of PTC Thinkworx, an Internet of Things (IoT) application builder.
The software will allow robots to collect sensor data and display it on the application via the internet. Students can then use this data to iterate their robot’s design.
Due to the growing interest of the IoT, FIRST Robotics is a great opportunity to ensure the next generation of STEM students are ready for this market.
John Stuart, Sr. VP of Global Education at PTC said, “Manufacturers are addressing the new IoT business model by building smart, connected products and need to hire people with these specific skills to remain competitive … PTC is excited to work with FIRST to develop the IoT engineers and innovators of tomorrow. We’re proud to continue our support of FIRST and we wish the best for all the teams that participate in this year’s competition.”
PTC, Comcast NBCUniversal and NASA were all kickoff sponsors of this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition. The broadcast of the kickoff and the announcement of this season’s game, recycle rush, can be seen below:
On top of donating software, PTC is sponsoring ten regional and district competitions within the US and Israel, 87 FIRST Robotics teams, 130 Tech Challenge Teams, and five FIRST Lego League teams.