|[April 13, 2006]
DELMIA Sponsors Winning FIRST Robotics Team; Bloomfield Hills International Academy Qualifies for Nationals
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. --(Business Wire)-- April 13, 2006 -- Dassault Systemes (NASDAQ:DASTY)(BOURSE:DSY)(EURONEXT:13065), today announced that the DELMIA-sponsored FIRST Robotics team, Bloomfield Hills International Academy, has won a gold medal at the Detroit Regional Competition and a silver medal at the Great Lakes Regional Competition. The Academy, which has employed DELMIA V5 Robotics suite as part of its software solution, is now preparing for the national championship event, where over 300 teams will compete from April 27 - 29 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
The FIRST Robotics program charges teams of high school students -- sponsored and assisted by mentor designers, engineers and programmers -- to design, assemble and test a robot capable of performing a specified task in competition with other teams. This year's competition features remote-controlled robots, piloted by students, launching NERF basketballs into a hole in a ten foot high backboard.
"After all of the hard work, we are thrilled that our students have performed so well," said Gail Alpert, coach of the International Academy team. "The teams have only six weeks to design and build the robots from a common kit of motors and electronics. Certainly, the support from DELMIA and access to the V5 Robotics solution has helped us be successful."
"With such a short time to ramp-up this program, the user-friendliness of the V5 Robotics solution plays a critical role," said Roy Smolky, DELMIA Worldwide Academic Programs. "We are glad our solutions contributed in getting the team this far and we look forward to them winning a medal in Atlanta."
In addition to supporting the International Academy team, DELMIA offered one seat of V5 to all of the 100 Michigan teams taking part in the competition to aid in the design of the robots.
Through its DELMIA Academic Partner Program (DAPP), DELMIA software is being used as part of the curriculum at 20 Michigan universities, colleges, high schools, technical schools and other academic institutions throughout Michigan. The DAPP program has shown that students are more likely to get hired into the workforce when they are already trained in the latest computer-aided digital design and manufacturing software programs, which are increasingly being implemented by today's manufacturers.
For more information:
International Academy FIRST Robotics Team
Contact Gail Alpert, 248-425-4148
FIRST Robotics Competition
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About Dassault Systemes
As world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, the Dassault Systemes group brings value to more than 90,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systemes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire life cycle of products from conception to maintenance. Our offering includes integrated PLM solutions for product development (CATIA(R), DELMIA(R), ENOVIA(R), SMARTEAM(R)), mainstream product 3D design tools (SolidWorks(R)), 3D components (Spatial/ACIS(R)) and SIMULIA(R), DS' open multi-physics platform for realistic simulation. Dassault Systemes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com
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