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02-001
For Release: January 4, 2002

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


Robert Erzen
CCC-Public Affairs
216-987-4823
Robert.erzen@tri-c.cc.oh.us

Note To Editors/News Directors:

Kick-Off Workshop Sets Students on Course to Robotics Competition

Over 100 high school students from 10 schools with their sights set on the 2001 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) National Competition will gather at Cuyahoga Community College's Unified Technologies Center (UTC) between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, to learn about this year's challenge.

During the FIRST Kick-off Workshop, broadcast by NASA TV via satellite from the FIRST Headquarters in Manchester, N.H. between 9 a.m. and noon, the details of this year's competitionrules, goals and playing fieldwill be revealed to the students. Following the broadcast a kit of parts, identical to the one each team will receive, will be opened so the students can see the materials they will be using to build their remote-controlled robots over the next six weeks. A group of Glenn technicians will be present to talk with the teams about planning and strategizing, and an open forum will provide an opportunity for teams who have not been involved in the competition before to ask questions. Teams unable to attend in person will be able to view the broadcast on the Internet.

The following high schools will be attending the Workshop broadcast in the UTC, Room 229, at 2415 Woodland Avenue: Beachwood, Bedford, Cleveland Central Catholic, Cuyahoga Heights, East Technical, Max S. Hayes Vocational, James Ford Rhodes, and Shaw from the Cleveland area and from Alliance, Ohio, Alliance and Marlington.

Media representatives are invited to cover the exciting start of this project and follow it as it progresses to the national competition in April.

NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, awarded scholarships to 23 high school teams in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, and New York to compete in the robotics competition. The scholarships included the $5,000 entry fee for the first annual FIRST Buckeye Regional competition and an additional $1,000 to use to travel to the Kick-off or as needed by the teams. The FIRST Buckeye Regional, sponsored by Glenn and various corporate and academic organizations in Greater Cleveland, will take place March 14-16 at the Cleveland State University Convocation Center.

FIRST is a nonprofit organization founded to interest and inspire students in mathematics, science and technology. FIRST represents a cooperative team effort among students, teachers, communities, corporations, and government agencies.

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Information on FIRST is available at:
http://www.usfirst.org/

NOTE: The NASA TV broadcast will be available via satellite on GE- 2, transponder 9C, at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical and audio is monaural at 6.8 MHz. NASA also will webcast the event on the Internet at:

http://robotics.nasa.gov/


 

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