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For Release: February 13, 2001

Sally V. Harrington
Media Relations Office
216/433-2037
s.harrington@grc.nasa.gov


NOTE TO EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:

Media Event/Photo Opportunity

What:          Be the first to see the robot that has emerged from a kit of parts and the imaginations of the students at John Ford Rhodes High School in Cleveland as they have worked over the last six weeks with their Glenn Research Center teammates. The robot will compete in the 2001 FIRST Robotics Competition. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Technology.

When: Friday, February 16, at 10 a.m.

Where: NASA Glenn Research Center Fabrication Shop

Why: Capture the excitement of the debut demonstration of the remote-controlled robot designed and built by the team of Rhodes students and Glenn engineers and technicians. Students, teachers, parents, along with Glenn management and employees, will be on hand for the occasion.

Glenn also mentors/consults with teams from three other area high schools--Beachwood, Max S. Hayes Vocational and East Technical--and a team from Eastmoor Academy in Columbus, OH. One or more of those robots may join the demonstration.

Media representatives interested in attending this event should call ahead to Sally Harrington at 216/433-2037 in order to be cleared through security.

Further information about FIRST can be found at www.USFIRST.org

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