FLL Signs 3-Year Sponsorship with Vestas

FIRST News Release

FIRST® LEGO® League Signs Three-Year Sponsorship with Vestas

FIRST and Vestas Renew Agreement to Support the Global Program

MANCHESTER, N.H., and RANDERS, DENMARK, March 22, 2010 - 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, today announced that Vestas, a long-running global sponsor of FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®), has renewed its support of the program which educates youth ages 9 to 16 (9 to 14 in the U.S. and Canada), for an additional three-year period. The major sponsorship over three years will be used to bolster the FLL global budget and to defray costs to teams.

"FIRST LEGO League is a perfect match for Vestas," said Ursula Baekkegaard, Project Leader for Vestas Wind Systems, on the renewal of the multiple-year sponsorship with FIRST. "Young people are the future of this planet and with a strong interest in science and technology, they are also our best source for potential future employees at Vestas in our work in conserving the planet’s natural resources."

The continuing sponsorship will allow FIRST and Vestas to engage and inspire even more students globally in science, technology, education and mathematics education (STEM). In the 2010-2011 season, more than 170,000 children from 56 countries are expected to participate in FLL.

"Vestas represents a growing list of global companies that recognize the value our family of four FIRST programs hold in their workforce development efforts," said Paul R. Gudonis, President of FIRST. "We know that the younger we can ‘hook’ them, the better chance we have to engage and enrich students with STEM disciplines. We applaud Vestas for acknowledging that the path to promoting innovation lies in programs such as the FIRST LEGO League that makes all of these disciplines relevant in their lives."

"Many Vestas employees give of their time and talents to inspire and enrich students with a love of science and technology," said Anna Maenhout, Director of the FIRST LEGO League. "Global conservation and preservation as well as resource recovery has been a critical element of FLL team projects. That’s why we’re thrilled that Vestas is committed to continuing our successful partnership and collaboration."

About Vestas

Vestas Wind Systems A/S engages in the manufacture, sale, and service of wind power systems that use wind energy to generate electricity. Its products primarily include a range of wind turbines and wind power systems. The company also offers VestasOnline Business, a SCADA system for modern wind power plants. This system includes a range of monitoring and control functions allowing the wind power plants to be controlled in the same way as a conventional power plant. In addition, it offers a range of project planning, installation, and operational services. Vestas Wind Systems A/S operates primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Asia/Pacific. The company was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Randers, Denmark.

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 $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 ProfessionalismT 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.

FIRST® is a registered trademark of the United States Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (US FIRST). LEGO® is a registered trademark of The LEGO Group. FIRST® LEGO® League, Junior FIRST® LEGO® League, and FLL® are jointly held trademarks of US FIRST and The LEGO Group.

Media Contacts:

FIRST
Marian Murphy
603-666-3906 ext. 409

Vestas
Ursula Baekkegaard 
+45 9730 6785