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03-030
For Release: May 9, 2003

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


Greater Cleveland Robotics Teams Honored by Mayor Campbell

The City of Cleveland will welcome to the City Hall Rotunda at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 12, local teams who participated in the second annual Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition held in Cleveland earlier this year.

Students, teachers and robots will gather to receive recognition from Mayor Jane L. Campbell and to demonstrate for the Mayor how the robots were used in the competition.

There will also be remarks from John Hairston, director of External Programs at NASA Glenn Research Center, and Jerry Sue Thornton, president of Cuyahoga Community College. Glenn and Tri-C are among the corporations, educational institutions and organizations throughout the Greater Cleveland area that sponsored the regional competition.

Teams from three Cleveland Municipal School District schools will be present: Max S. Hayes Vocational High School, who were the Regional Competition Champions; East Technical High School, who won the Regional Chairman's Award; and John Ford Rhodes High School.

Greater Cleveland teams who competed will also be present. They are Beachwood, Bedford, Cleveland Heights and Fairview High Schools.

The Buckeye Regional was held on March 6-8 at the Cleveland State University Convocation Center. This regional competition was part of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, an international program dedicated to increasing interest in science and engineering and inspiring in young people, their schools, and communities an appreciation of science and technology.

For additional information about FIRST, go to http://www.usfirst.org

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