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Future Engineers Unite at Robotics Competition
03.28.11
 
First Robotics competiton at the Long Beach convention center in 2011 Student-built robots battled it out on March 25 and 26, 2011, at the FIRST Regional Robotics Competition in Long Beach, Calif. The goal of the "Logo Motion" game this year was to hang as many plastic shapes (triangles, circles and squares) on the scoring grid in a two-minute-and-15 second match. The higher the teams hung their game pieces on their scoring grid, the more points their teams would receive. The robots could also deploy mini-bots to climb vertical poles for a chance to earn additional points. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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The 20th season of the Los Angeles regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, held at the Long Beach Convention Center, March 25 and 26, proved to be a fierce competition between 63 high school teams from across California and as far away as Chile.

Students from three California schools -- South High School, Torrance; West Covina High School, West Covina; and Diamond Bar High School, Diamond Bar, won the overall regional competition. Two other California schools also took top honors. Chaminade College Preparatory, West Hills, receied the coveted Regional Chairman's award, while Foshay Learning Center, Los Angeles, a team mentored by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., took home the Engineering Inspiration award.

The winners will represent the California region at the FIRST championships April 27 to 30 in St. Louis, where they will compete against 51,000 other students on more than 2,000 teams.

The FIRST program was founded two decades ago to encourage students to pursue careers in science and technology through robotics competitions. With the help of engineers from JPL, aerospace and other companies and institutions of higher education, FIRST continues to grow and inspire students.

For more information, visit: http://www.usfirst.org/ .
 
 
Priscilla Vega (818) 354-1357
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
priscilla.r.vega@jpl.nasa.gov

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