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GRC News Release 02-082

For Release: December 16, 2002

Sally V. Harrington
Media Relations Office

Local Students to Compete in State Robotics Tournament

Middle school students from the Science Engineering Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) program at Cuyahoga Community College, along with teams from Garret Morgan Middle School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Marian Seltzer Elementary School, and Joseph Gallagher Middle School, will compete in the 2002 FIRST LEGO League State Tournament on Monday, December 16, which will be held in the Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.

These students advanced to the state tournament after participating in a regional competition at Max Hayes Vocational School in Cleveland on November 16. These teams received technical support from engineers and technicians from NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. The Office of Educational Programs at Glenn provided programmatic support as well as judges for the competition.

Glenn has a long history of supporting FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), and SEMAA, a program established in 1993 by Glenn and Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland to foster understanding and enthusiasm in school-age children for science, math and technology fields.

Each fall, FIRST LEGO League unveils its annual Challenge to students between the ages of 9-14. The Challenge requires students to learn, understand and apply scientific, engineering, strategic and analytical concepts in order to come up with a solution.

The opening ceremony at the state tournament begins at 10 a.m. The competition rounds take place between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and awards will be presented at 4:15 p.m.

FIRST LEGO League is a worldwide program for children created in a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Company. Information on FIRST LEGO League is available at

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