NASA Dryden informal education coordinator Cecelia Cordova (in dark jacket) met with two students from New Zealand (front left) and members of the Dryden-sponsored Lancaster High School Eagle Robotics team that competed in Atlanta. Four high school robotics teams that competed in the FIRST Robotics Competitions this spring, including several that were sponsored or supported by NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, wrapped up their season with demonstrations of their robots' capabilities at the recent California Poppy Festival in Lancaster, Calif.
Teams from Antelope Valley, Tehachapi, Lancaster and Mojave High Schools showed off their robots that competed in various regional competitions in 2007 or 2008 in Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, the NASA Dryden-sponsored Lancaster High Eagle Robotics Team #399 competed in the FIRST National Competition in Atlanta the same weekend with their 2008 robot, the Phantom. The team won the right to participate in the Atlanta competition when they won the Chairman's Award at the Los Angeles regional. Although they did not place, the Lancaster High team was among the top 240 international teams selected to participate in the national competition. The event featured an appearance and comments from former U.S. President George H.W. Bush.
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For additional information about NASA Dryden's robotics program, please contact Cecilia Cordova, Dryden's informal education coordinator at 661-276-3266.