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Sally Harrington
Media Relations Office

March 8, 2006
RELEASE : 06-014
Students Joined by NASA Glenn Director and Mayor
Director of NASA's Glenn Research Center Dr. Woodrow Whitlow and City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson will serve as honorary co-chairs of the 2006 FIRST (an acronym for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology") Buckeye Regional Robotics Competition. Both will attend the event on Saturday, March 11 to watch the final rounds and interact with the students. The Buckeye Regional kicks off on Thursday, March 9 at the Cleveland State University Wolstein Center.

Hundreds of students on 42 teams are involved in this event including teams from East Tech High School, SuccessTech Academy and the Cleveland Municipal School District team comprised of students from the Youth Technology Academy of Cuyahoga Community College.

In addition to the award for being champion of the Buckeye Regional, awards are also presented for design, technology, sportsmanship, Website design, team spirit, engineering excellence, entrepreneurship, creativity and more. The winning teams are determined by judges who, throughout the competition, talk with team members, observe how the teams interact among themselves and with other teams, and read information about the teams' fundraising efforts, community projects and other activities.

This annual nationwide robotics competition is conducted by FIRST, a nonprofit organization in Manchester, N.H. It was created by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire students to pursue careers in science and technology. The Buckeye Regional is one of 33 regional events involving over 28,000 high school-aged young people on over 1,125 teams. It all culminates in a championship event being held this year in Atlanta on April 27-29.


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