For release: 02/11/03
Release #: 03-022
Five Huntsville-area high school engineering teams sponsored by the Marshall Center and a private industry-sponsored group will give the news media a glimpse at the robots they've designed to compete in a head-to-head "showdown" Thursday, Feb. 13. The event is in preparation for an annual engineering contest hosted by the national organization FIRST.
What: Five Huntsville-area high school engineering teams sponsored by the Marshall Center and a private industry-sponsored group will give the news media a glimpse at the robots they've designed to compete in a head-to-head "showdown." This year's game, called "Stack Attack," calls for the robots to collect and stack plastic storage containers in a designated area. The event is in preparation for an annual engineering contest hosted by the national organization FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
Each year, students across the country have the opportunity to team with engineering mentors from government, industries and universities to design, build and operate robots capable of playing a specific game, all within six weeks. The goal of the program is for students to gain experience solving engineering challenges in a competitive environment. The robot must compete in a sports-based game -- a game that changes each year. After a run-through Thursday, Feb. 13, the teams will ship their robots to March regional competitions, to be followed by the national competition in April.
Who: Students and their robots from Madison County Career Academy, New Century Technology High School, and Lee High School in Huntsville; Arab High School in Arab, Ala.; and Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, Tenn., all sponsored by the Marshall Center; and a team from Butler High School in Huntsville, sponsored by Daimler Chrysler Corp. of Huntsville.
When: Thursday, Feb. 13 2 p.m. CST
Where: Intergraph Building No. 21, 470 Dunlop Blvd., Huntsville
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To attend: News media interested in covering the event must contact - in advance - Jerry Berg of the Marshall Media Relations Department at (256) 544-0034..
For supporting materials for this news release - such as photographs, fact sheets, video and audio files and more - please visit the NASA Marshall Center Newsroom Web site at www.msfc.nasa.gov/news.
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