Blue Man Group, the multimedia entertainment phenomenon, will be performing during the opening ceremony for the competition's Final Matches: Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 12:45pm. This special live appearance showcases the Blue Man signature music and trademark excitement, and is open to the public. Blue Man Group in Boston is best known for their wildly popular ongoing theatrical show at the Charles Playhouse that combines theatrics with music, comedy and state-of-the-art technology producing a totally unique form of entertainment.
"We are delighted that Blue Man Group will be performing at this year's competition. They recognize the importance of celebrating science and technology and are helping to inspire our younger generations," said Marc Hodosh, Chairman of Boston FIRST. "Blue Man Group's style and technique has much synergy with our high energy robotic environment and I believe this is going to be one of the most exciting competitions we've ever had."
This year's competition, 'FIRST Overdrive,' will require each team to create a robot that can effectively race around a large, oval track; while also moving gigantic inflated balls above and below obstacles and through the designated course.
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, Analogic Corporation and many other supporting and respected organizations.
Numerous corporate, university, and political leaders are expected to attend. Returning judges to this year's competition include: iRobot CEO and co-founder Colin Angle and Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe.
For additional information on the competition, please visit http://www.BostonFirst.org.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to promote 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. To learn more about FIRST, go to http://www.usfirst.org. To learn more about Boston FIRST and the Boston Regional Competition, please visit http://www.BostonFIRST.org
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