FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) launches its FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC®) season with a Kickoff event. The 2010 season will include more than 1,800 teams (over 45,000 high-school students) participating in 50 regional and district events. All teams will be shown the 2010 game field for the first time and will receive a common Kit of Parts made up of motors, batteries, a control system, and a mix of automation components – but no instructions. They will then have six weeks to design and build robots to meet this year’s engineering challenge.
Public officials across the nation will deliver remarks, including:
— Hon. John Lynch, Governor of New Hampshire
— Hon. Linda Lingle, Governor of Hawaii; and
— Hon. Rick Perry, Governor of Texas.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC®) is an annual competition that challenges high-school students – working alongside professional Mentors – to design and build a robot of their own, and compete in a ‘varsity sport for the mind’ that measures the effectiveness of each robot, the power of teamwork and collaboration, and Gracious Professionalism™. Students build and program their own robots against a field of competitors and experience the excitement of science, engineering, technology and innovation.
When: Saturday, January 9, 2010 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Where: Southern New Hampshire University, 2500 North River Road, Manchester, N.H.
Remote teams will tune in via NASA-TV broadcast and Web cast from 57 local Kickoffs. To locate teams in your area, visit www.usfirst.org and click on the map in the top right corner. For a listing of local Kickoff locations, visit http://www.usfirst.org/community/frc/content.aspx?id=10406.
2010 FIRST Kickoff Event Locations:
CA, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose
NJ, Newark, Skillman
NV, Las Vegas
NY, Brooklyn, Rochester, Stony Brook
FL, Melbourne, Orlando, Plantation
OH, Cleveland, Columbus
OR, Corvallis, Oregon City
ID, Idaho Falls
PA, Drexel Hill, Pittsburgh
IN, Indianapolis, West Lafayette
TX, Austin, Houston, Plano, San Antonio
MA, Boston, Worcester
UT, Salt Lake City
VA, Hampton, Richmond
MI, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Novi
WA, Cheney, Mountlake Terrace
MO, Saint Louis
MS, Stennis Space Center
Central Israel, Herzelia
Filed Under: Student programs, Motion control • motor controls, Mechatronics