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Top Robotics Teams Visit White House
FIRST robotics teams meet President Bush at the White House. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
President George W. Bush participates in a demonstration of robotic technology developed by one of the 3 national team finalists from the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics competition held in Atlanta. The students with the president hail from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Student teams were invited to the White House to demonstrate their winning projects.

FIRST Robotics was created in 1992 by FIRST, a non profit organization in Manchester, New Hampshire. FIRST created the international robotics competition to inspire students to get involved in science and engineering. Approximately 1300 teams participated this year.

NASA is the largest sponsor and participant. Government agencies, Fortune 500 companies and universities sponsor remaining teams.

Students also will demonstrate their projects to members and staffers on Capitol Hill.

In 2007, more than 1,000 high school teams from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Great Britain and Israel participated in 'Rack and Roll', the game scenario for 2007. 'Rack and Roll,' mixes engineering skills and strategy with a little fast-thinking math. The object of Rack 'N Roll was to score points by using the robots to pick up inflatable rings and hang them on a rack in the center of the playing field. Teams could also use their robots to block opponents from scoring.

Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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