Jeannette P. Owens
Media Relations Office

January 7, 2010
Robotics Competition Kickoff this Saturday
CLEVELAND -- More than 200 students from 24 high schools will get their first glimpse at the challenge that awaits them at the 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Cuyahoga Community College's Unified Technology Center, 2415 Woodland Avenue.

FIRST, or "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology," is an international robotics competition founded by Dean Kamen in 1989 with a mission to expose students to hands-on science, engineering and technology. Students have the opportunity to use their minds to accomplish an incredible task: create a functioning robot in only six weeks.

The Saturday kickoff marks the beginning of the design and build season. Students have the opportunity to meet with others to compare notes, get ideas, make friends, find mentoring teams, pick up the kit of parts and get geared up for the Buckeye Regional Robotics Competition, scheduled for March 25-27, 2010.

The Ohio schools attending the kickoff are:

Amherst Steele High School Amherst
Austintown Fitch High School Austintown
Beachwood High School Beachwood
Bedford High School Bedford
Berea High School Berea
Brush High School Lyndhurst
Cleveland Metropolitan School District Cleveland
Cloverleaf Local Schools Lodi
EHOVE Career Center Milan
Girard High School Girard
Hathaway Brown High School Shaker Heights
Highland High School Medina
Liberty High School Youngstown
Lorain Admiral King Lorain
Mc2STEM High School Cleveland
Midpark High School Middleburg Heights
Niles McKinley High School Niles
Norwalk High School Norwalk
Orange Schools Pepper Pike
St. Edward High School Lakewood
St. Ignatius Cleveland
Youngstown Chaney Youngstown

The Pennsylvania schools attending the kickoff are:

Corry Area High School Corry
Erie School District Erie

The kickoff event will feature a live satellite broadcast by NASA Television from the FIRST Headquarters in Manchester, N.H. Dean Kamen, will reveal the game, playing field and rules for the 2010 competition.

In addition, NASA will stream the kickoff program live on the NASA Web site: NASA TV's public, education and media channels are available on an MPEG-2 digital C-band signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization.

Media representatives are invited to the kickoff event and to follow along with a team during the next six weeks as they work side-by-side with professional engineers and technicians, parents and teachers to build their robot.

FIRST is sponsored by the NASA FIRST Robotics Growth Grants. To learn more, visit:

For additional information about FIRST, visit:

For more information on the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, visit:

For more information on NASA and agency programs on the web, visit:


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