Kennedy News

Tracy Young
NASA Kennedy Space Center
321/867-2468
March 19, 2003
RELEASE : 24-03
NASA Kennedy Space Center Co-Hosts Central Florida First Competition
NASA, Kennedy Space Center and the University of Central Florida, Orlando, will host the Central Florida Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, March 20-22, 2003, at the UCF Arena in Orlando.

More than 40 teams from around the nation will participate in the competition. Students use the first day for practice, inspection and final machine work, with the following two days dedicated to competition.

KSC Director Roy Bridges will speak to participants on March 21 at an invitation-only luncheon.

Local competing teams include students from Astronaut , Bayside, Eau Gallie, Melbourne, Merritt Island, Palm Bay, Rockledge, Satellite, and Titusville high schools, Edgewood Middle School, Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School, West Shore Jr./Sr. High School, and Brevard Christian School.

Students spend six weeks before the regional competition working with professional mentors to design and construct a first-class robot. FIRST provides the teams with a standard set of rules and a kit of assorted parts to assemble their creations. NASA/KSC, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin Space Operations are all sponsoring competing teams.

The vision of FIRST is to inspire in the youth of our nation an appreciation of science and technology and an understanding that mastering these disciplines can enrich the lives of all mankind.

More information on FIRST and the regional competition is available at www.cflfirst.cecs.ucf.edu/ and www.usfirst.org.

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