|NASA SSC HOSTS FIRST ROBOTICS KICKOFF FOR REGIONAL SCHOOLS|
NASA engineers Scott Olive (left) and Bo Clarke answer questions during the 2007 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition regional kickoff event held Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at StenniSphere, the visitor center at NASA Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. The SSC employees and FIRST Robotics volunteer mentors are standing near a mock-up of the playing field for the FIRST Robotics’ 2007 ‘Rack n’ Roll’ challenge. Roughly 300 students and adult volunteers – representing 29 high schools from four states – attended the kickoff to hear the rules of ‘Rack n’ Roll.’ The teams will spend the next six weeks building and programming robots from parts kits they received Saturday, then battle their creations at regional spring competitions in New Orleans, Houston, Atlanta and other cities around the nation. FIRST aims to inspire students in the pursuit of engineering and technology studies and careers.