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Jonas Dino
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: (650) 604-5612 or (650) 207-3280

March 13, 2006
High School Robotics Engineers Battle in Silicon Valley Regional
Media Advisory: NASA will be cheering as students test their engineering skills for robotics supremacy.

March 16-18, 2006 marks the return of the FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics Silicon Valley regional competition to the Event Center at San Jose State University, San Jose, Calif. Forty teams from northern California, Hawaii and Montana, many supported by grants and mentors through NASA's Robotics Alliance Project, will compete for points, pride and the opportunity to participate in the national finals in April at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., on April 27-29. News media representatives are invited to attend.

WHO: Forty High School FIRST Robotics Teams
WHAT: FIRST Robotics Silicon Valley Regional

March 16:
Practice Rounds -- 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PST

March 17:
Opening Ceremonies -- 9:00 a.m. PST
Seeding Matches -- 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. PST
Awards ceremony -- 4:30 p.m. PST

March 18:
Opening Ceremonies -- 9:00 a.m. PST
Seeding Matches -- 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. PST
Championship Rounds -- 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PST
Closing Ceremonies -- 3:00 p.m. PST

WHERE: The Event Center at San Jose State University, One Washington Square, 290 South 7th Street San Jose, Calif. 95192-0201

To get to the Event Center at San Jose State University, take Highway 280 to downtown San Jose and exit North on Seventh Street. The Silicon Valley Regional open to the public and there is no cost for admission. For additional information or to set up interview opportunities, please contact Jonas Dino at (650) 604-5612 or (650) 207-3280.

NASA's Robotics Alliance Project was created to bring together students, engineers, private organizations and other government resources to pursue the goal of increasing robotics expertise in the United States. The project supports programs that inspire students to become involved with technical fields through robotics competitions, facilitation of robotics curriculum enhancements and the development of a national clearinghouse for robotics education and career resources.

The Robotics Alliance Project is supported through NASA's Science Mission Directorate.

FIRST was established in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to motivate students to enter careers in math, science and engineering. The organization's mission is to design accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills. The competition shows students that the technological fields hold many opportunities and that the basic concepts of science, math, engineering and invention are exciting and interesting. FIRST is in its fifteenth year of competition.

For more information about FIRST Robotics and regional competition dates and locations, visit:

For more information about NASA's Robotics Alliance Project, visit:


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