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Bechtel-Sponsored Teams to Compete in FIRST(R) Robotics Competition

Competition Provides Students Real World Engineering Experience

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/08/12 -- Eighteen high school teams sponsored by Bechtel are competing in this year's FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®), a high-tech sporting event featuring robots designed and built by students. Bechtel employees in the United States and Canada mentored students and provided technical guidance as the teams created robots that will compete in basketball games called "Rebound Rumble."

FRC is designed to build science, engineering, and technology skills, and inspire innovation, among young people. As a global engineering company, Bechtel continuously looks for ways to engage students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), while at the same time, providing opportunities for employees to become involved in the communities where they work.

The FRC gives students a sense of the many facets of engineering. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, the teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.

"The value of the relationships between students, communities and companies is immeasurable in helping advance the mission of FIRST to expand science, technology, engineering, and math experiences for all students," said Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST. "Bechtel truly understands how crucial it is that we provide these students with experiences that both inspire innovation and cultivate a passion for science and technology."

Throughout March and April, the teams will participate in regional competitions in Baltimore, Md.; Houston, TX; Knoxville, Tenn.; Montreal, QC; Richmond, Va.; and Washington, D.C. to try to secure a spot at the world championship in late April. Bechtel is a sponsor of the six regional competitions.

About Bechtel:

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right--no matter how big, how complex or how remote. Bechtel operates through five global business units that specialize in civil infrastructure; power generation; communications and transmission; mining and metals; oil, gas and chemicals; and government services.

Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 22,000 projects in 140 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 employees team with customers, partners and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 50 countries. www.bechtel.com.

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For more information, contact:
Michelle Michael
301.228.8946
mmichael@bechtel.com

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