Microchip Announces Results of 2013 FIRST® Robotics Competition Arizona Regional

  Microchip Announces Results of 2013 FIRST® Robotics Competition Arizona
  Regional

50 Teams Participated, Including 44 from Arizona; Any Student Participating on
         a FIRST Team Eligible to Apply for Over $16M in Scholarships

Business Wire

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- April 03, 2013

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced
the results  of the 2013 FIRST^® Robotics Competition (FRC) Arizona Regional,
held March 22-23, 2013 in Chandler. Phoenix’s Carl Hayden High School; Tempe
Preparatory Academy, Tempe; and Buena High School, Sierra Vista qualified to
compete in the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, April 25-27, 2013
in St. Louis, MO. Kingman High School/Kingman Academy of Learning, Kingman;
Yuma High School, Yuma; and Rockwell-Collins & Escondido Charter High School,
Escondido, Calif. were Regional Finalists. Students had six weeks to build a
robot capable of competing in this year’s competition, the game called
Ultimate Ascent^SM, where teams joined forces to fling saucer-like discs
through various slots during several two-minute and fifteen-second matches.
Extra points were scored for robots that could hang from a 10-foot tower in
the final seconds of the match. Any student participating on a FIRST team is
eligible to apply for more than $16 million in scholarships.

“The engineering challenge presented by FIRST to build a functioning robot
that must accomplish specific tasks inspires students to find creative
solutions using math, science and engineering, while adhering to strict
deadlines. Working with industry mentors, students learn marketable skills
such as working on a team, critical thinking, marketing and problem solving,
while having fun at the same time,” said Steve Sanghi, president and CEO of
Microchip Technology, co-chair of the FIRST Arizona Regional Planning
Committee, FIRST sponsor and member of the FIRST Board of Directors.

Chandler, Ariz.-based Microchip Technology is the organizing sponsor of the
FRC Arizona Regional. Fifty high-school robotics teams competed in the 2013
FRC AZ Regional, including 44 teams from Arizona, three from New Mexico, two
from California and one from Mexico. AZFirst, a non-profit organization,
awarded the Steve Sanghi Scholarship to Bianca Rodriquez, a senior at Carl
Hayden High School, Phoenix, AZ. Funded by Steve and Maria Sanghi, this
scholarship totals $16,000 over four years, and is awarded to an outstanding
FIRST participant who intends to pursue a college degree in science,
technology, engineering or math. Coconino High School won the Regional
Chairman’s Award, which recognizes the team that best represents a model for
other teams to emulate, and embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. Christine
Sapio, teacher at Coconino High School, Flagstaff, a FTC (FIRST Technical
Competition) Affiliate Partner, received the “Outstanding Volunteer of the
Year” award for her success in growing the FTC robotics program for
middle-school and high-school students.

Additionally, Dave Thompson, FIRST coach at Coconino High School, received the
Woodie Flowers Finalist Award, which recognizes a teacher or engineer who
demonstrates excellence in teaching science, math and creative design. Chris
Brandt from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale was awarded the “Arizona Teacher
of the Year,” based upon an essay written by his students.

Generous supporters of the 2013 FRC Arizona Regional included Organizing
Sponsor Microchip Technology; Leader in Technology Sponsor Microchip
Technology Employees; and Captain of Innovation Sponsors Army ROTC, Avnet,
Craig and Barbara Barrett, Medtronic Foundation, Microchip Technology and
Wells Fargo. Friends of the Future Sponsors included Best Buy Children’s
Foundation, Go Daddy, ON Semiconductor, and Steve and Maria Sanghi. Regional
Fan Sponsors included Chase Giving Foundation and Wishes in Stitches/Alan and
Margaret Jannuzzi.

Due to the growth of local FIRST programs First Lego League, FTC and FRC, two
separate FRC Arizona regional events are expected to be held in 2015.
Recruitment of FRC teams is currently occurring, with a goal of doubling the
number of teams in the next two years. For more information and to get
involved, contact FIRST Regional Director Carol Popovich at
carol.popovich@microchip.com or (480) 792-7938.

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About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing
low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to
market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered
in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along
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Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/get/6LF3.

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. To learn more about FIRST, go to
http://www.microchip.com/get/ATTQ.

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