Robots Come to Life in Washington, DC at FIRST Robotics Competition, March 4-6

(BUSINESS WIRE) — March 4, 2010FIRST:

MEDIA ADVISORY:
High school teams will converge on the Nation's Capitol March 5-6 to compete in the FIRST® Robotics Competition. The two-day competition is free and open to the public, and media are welcome. To learn more about the regional contests, click here.

WHAT:
The FIRST Robotics Competition Washington DC Regional. The FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual event that challenges high school students, working with professional mentors, to design and build a robot as a solution to a technical engineering problem. The challenge changes each year. This year's challenge is a high-tech game called "BREAKAWAY."

WHO:
Students on nearly 60 high school teams, representing 11 states and the District of Columbia. To see a list of all teams competing in the event, click here.

WHEN:
Competition on March 5-6, 2010
9 a.m. - approximately 4 p.m.

(Note: Reporters, photographers and videographers may schedule a visit Thursday afternoon, March 4, when teams are arriving and setting up their robots.)

WHERE:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, DC 20001

WHY:
To inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators and prepare them for the technologically advanced workplace of the future by designing a building a robot, competing in a series of challenges aimed at testing their robots, building alliances, and exercising teamwork and gracious professionalism.

CONTACT:
Herb Muktarian
(703) 638-2529
Email Contact

Alternate:
Scott Fazekas
(240) 328-3603
Email Contact

Check out VIDEOS showing FIRST in action:

Click Here for video #1. Click Here for video #2.

About FIRST:

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and nearly $12 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge for high-school students, FIRST LEGO League for children 9-14 years old, and Junior FIRST LEGO League for 6 to 9 year-olds. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.



Contact:

for FIRST
Herb Muktarian
703-638-2529
Email Contact

Alternate:
Scott Fazekas
240-328-3603
Email Contact




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