For Release: Feb. 24, 1997
RELEASE NO. 97-014
Tuesday, Feb. 25:
STUDENT-BUILT ROBOT AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING
A robot built by students at Phoebus High School in Hampton will
be available for viewing by the media from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday,
Feb. 25, at the school.
Phoebus High School is at 100 Ireland St., Hampton. Media should
stop at the Administration office to check in and receive
The robot, built with help from NASA Langley Research Center, is
scheduled to be packed up and sent off to a national competition
NASA gave $30,000 to the school to participate in the Sixth
Annual For Inspiration Recognition of Science and
Technology (FIRST) high school robotics competition. The
competition, founded in 1989, is designed to interest students in
science and technology careers.
The Phoebus robot will compete against robots built by teams
from across the U.S. More than 150 teams are expected to compete
this year, including more than 10 fielded by NASA centers. Last
year was the agency's first in the competition.
The teams will compete regionally March 20 at Rutgers University
in New Jersey. The national competition will be held April 10 at
Epcot Center, Orlando, Fla.
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