Capitol College to host kickoff of FIRST Regional Robotics Competition
LAUREL, MD – For the fifth consecutive year, Capitol College will host the Maryland kickoff for the 2009 FIRST Robotics Competition on Saturday, January 3, 2009 at the Laurel, Md. campus. The kickoff, held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be attended by 28 teams of high school students from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia.
The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, supported by BAE Systems, NASA and over 3000 other sponsors, is a unique sport of the mind designed to help teenagers discover how interesting and rewarding careers in engineering can be.
The competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week time frame using a standard kit of parts and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in a series of competitions designed by FIRST founder Dean Kamen and a committee of engineers and other professionals.
Excitement builds during the kickoff for the students, friends and family members gathered in Capitol’s Gudelsky Memorial Auditorium, until a NASA broadcast from FIRST headquarters in Manchester, NH unveils the rules of the 2009 game. This part of the event will include an animation of ways to score in this year’s game and a reenactment by FIRST personnel pretending to be robots.
The 2009 FIRST Robotics Competition Chesapeake Regional will be held at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. from March 19-21, 2009. Altogether, the 2009 FIRST Robotics Competition will include almost 1700 teams with over 42,000 members from the United States, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Israel and the United Kingdom.
Since its founding in 1927, Capitol College has been committed to developing and supporting new generations of engineers through collaborations with business and government agencies including the NASA-supported Space Operations Institute and a partnership with the National Security Agency, which has designated the College a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. Capitol is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to engineering, computer science, information technology and business, and remains committed to providing an accessible, affordable and practical education especially during these difficult economic times.
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, NH, 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 the support of many of the world's most well-known companies, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge for high school students, the FIRST LEGO(R) League for children 9-14 years old and the Junior FIRST LEGO League for children 6-9 years old. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.
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