Area's Largest Student Robotics Competition Invades Boston This Week

BOSTON—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 26, 2008— Over 1,000 area high school students will be competing in Boston's largest robotics competition this week. The Boston FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition will take place at Boston University's Agganis Arena Friday through Saturday, March 28-29, 2008. The event is free and open to the public.

Blue Man Group, the multimedia entertainment phenomenon, will perform during the opening ceremony for the competition's final matches: Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 12:45PM. This special live appearance will showcase Blue Man Group's signature music and excitement.

Over fifty teams spent six weeks designing and building robots to accomplish specific tasks outlined in this year's game, "FIRST Overdrive." The teams will compete for honors that recognize robot design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and high-impact partnerships between schools, businesses and communities.

The Boston FIRST Regional ( brings together student teams from across the region in an atmosphere that is described as "rock concert meets the Super Bowl mixed with science and technology."

Students competing in the competition will be able to interact with a number of the nation's leading technology pioneers. This year's judges include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, iRobot co-founder Colin Angle and Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe of Polaris Ventures.

Participants and attendees will hear from Congressman James Langevin (D-RI) and others who will discuss the importance of science and technology in education.

"FIRST Overdrive" requires each team to race its robot around a large, oval track while moving gigantic inflated balls above and below obstacles along a designated path. Highlights from last year's event can be found at

"With the maximum number of teams signed up, the performance by Blue Man Group, and unprecedented support from the regions business community, this year's competition is proving to be one of the most exciting ever," said Marc Hodosh, chairman of Boston FIRST.

The competition has built upon the triumphs of the past two years, through a successful fundraising drive and generous donations from Boston University, MIT & MIT Lincoln Laboratory, P&G Gillette and Analogic Corporation.

Students participating in FIRST are eligible to apply for over nine million dollars in scholarships from leading universities, colleges and companies. Scholarship announcements are made at the FIRST championship in Atlanta. Since its beginning, FIRST has striven to improve students' attitudes towards math, science and teamwork. Many participants go on to seek internship opportunities in science and engineering, especially with companies that participate in the FIRST program.


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 that 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 non-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition for high school students and the FIRST Lego League for children 9-14 years old. For additional information, please visit


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