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NASA Sponsors Local School in Robotics Competition
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

News Release: 06-023

Most American schools have athletic teams, academic teams, or even chess teams. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is sponsoring local students in a robotics competition to usher in the future of scientific and technical competition.

Students from Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet School in Nashville, Tenn., will put their knowledge and building skills to the test in the annual For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition on March 16-18.

The Martin Luther King team will test its robot against other entries at a regional competition. News media interested in covering the Martin Luther King robotics team should contact the Marshall Public and Employee Communications Office at (256) 544-0034.

Specific FIRST challenges are modified every year. The Martin Luther King team will meet its first challenge at the regional competition in Atlanta.

Each student team must design and build its robot in time for shipping to their respective regional venue by Feb. 21. A win at the regional competition ensures the team a place at the finals in Atlanta scheduled for April 27-29.

"This competition helps build self-confidence," said Jim Ellis, manager of the Marshall Center's Academic Affairs Office. "They get real-world experience and knowledge by designing their own robots. It's this kind of program that can motivate young people to pursue careers in science, technology and engineering."

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