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NASA Knights
NASA Knights

From Left to Right, NASA Knight team members Matt Reno, Chris Hunt, Mitchell Ferris, Dave Holloway, and Juliana Wu put the finishing touches on the robot they are building for the FIRST Robotics competition in Richmond March 18-20.

With the help of NASA Langley Researcher Center, the NASA Knights team has participated in the competition for the past 13 years.

The team has about 50 students from schools all over Hampton Roads, including homeschooled students. They gather in the new robotics lab at New Horizons Regional Education Center in Hampton spending their after-school hours, building, testing and programming as well as having fun and learning a lot.

NASA employees and retirees also help by mentoring the students and volunteering at the tournament.

Joanne Talmage, an instructor at New Horizons and NASA Knights team leader, said the program teaches kids more than just mechanical and engineering skills. "We don't just build a robot, we build a team," she said. Students who have been a part of the NASA Knights team have gone on to attend MIT, NASCAR Technical School and have also been offered jobs on the spot at competitions.

Credit: NASA/Sean Smith

Page Last Updated: August 21st, 2013
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