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Sally Harrington
Media Relations Office

January 5, 2006
2006 FIRST Robotics Competition Details Revealed to Local High School Teams
Nearly 250 Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio high school students with their sights set on competing in the 2006 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition are anxious to hear what their challenge is this year.

They will get the news at the local FIRST Robotics Kick-off event on Saturday, January 7, 2006, at Cuyahoga Community College's Unified Technology Center at 2415 Woodland Avenue, via a live broadcast from FIRST headquarters in Manchester, N.H. The announcement of this year's competition -- game rules, playing field, scoring and strategy -- will be made by Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST between 10 and 11:30 a.m. Media representatives are invited to attend the start of this exciting engineering journey and to follow teams as they progress through construction and competition.

The event will also be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed live on the NASA website: NASA Television can be seen in the continental United States on AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, Transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization.

After the broadcast, students will participate in an open forum to plan and strategize. Rookie teams will also have a chance to learn more about the competition by asking questions of the veteran teams.

Following the event, the teams will receive their kit of parts--the same kit that teams across the country will receive--from which to start building their robots. All teams will have six weeks to design, build and practice remotely maneuvering their robots before shipping them off in mid-February to the regional competition site where they will be participating.

The teams will work side-by-side with professional engineers and technicians giving the students a glimpse of what engineering is all about and providing them the opportunity to gain knowledge of and experience in teamwork, time management, task sequencing and computers.

The sixth annual FIRST Buckeye Regional competition, sponsored by NASA Glenn Research Center, local corporations and academic and nonprofit organizations, will take place March 9-11 at the Cleveland State University Wolstein Center. More than 40 teams will be competing in this exciting event. The participating teams are from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Texas.

NASA, through its Robotics Alliance Project, provides sponsorships to assist teams in developing self-sustaining FIRST programs in their local areas. These sponsorships cover the cost of entry to one regional event ($6000) as well as the kit of parts. These sponsorships are targeted at new FIRST teams that need assistance in getting their program started within their local community. Go to for additional information about these NASA scholarships.

FIRST is a nonprofit organization founded to interest and inspire students in math, science and technology. FIRST represents a cooperative effort among students, teachers, communities, corporations, educational institutions, and government agencies. For additional information about FIRST, go to

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