Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington     
March 4, 2010
Robot vs. Robot: Live In Washington and Across the Nation
WASHINGTON -- NASA, in cooperation with local technology firms and sponsors, launches a nationwide series of high school robotics competitions that begin March 5 and 6 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place N.W., in Washington. The two-day event runs daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. It is free and open to the public. NASA Television will carry opening ceremonies starting at 9 a.m. March 5.

The student competition is called "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology," or FIRST. The program was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people, their schools and communities.

NASA is the largest sponsor of the international program. For the next several weeks, 44 regional competitions will be held in 30 states and the District of Columbia. NASA's centers will sponsor and support 13 competitions in California, Ohio, Maryland, Arizona, Louisiana, Virginia, Nevada, Texas, Florida, and North Carolina. The FIRST Championship competitions will take place in Atlanta in April.

Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST is a non-profit organization that designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue academic opportunities. The regional competitions also will include participation from several high schools teams, showcasing their inventions in Baltimore March11-13 and Richmond, Va., March 18-20.

For more information about the District competition, visit:


For information about FIRST and the robotic regional competitions across the nation, visit:


For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and schedule information, visit:



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