FIRST Robotics Competition New York City Regional Fuels Interest in Science and Technology for Next Generation
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FIRST Robotics Competition New York City Regional Fuels Interest in Science and Technology for Next Generation

NEW YORK, April 2, 2008 /PRNewswire/ --

64 High School Teams Put Custom-built Robots to the Test in 'FIRST Overdrive'

NEW YORK, April 2, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology, brings robotic action to the Jacob Javits Center on Saturday, April 5th and Sunday, April 6th. Matches begin at 9:30 a.m. with awards ceremonies at 4:30pm.

One of 41 regional events, 64 teams from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the UK will put their metal and academic muscle to the test. Teams and their robots will compete to advance to the FIRST Championship, April 17-19 in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

In January, all teams were shown this year's game field for the first time and received a common kit of parts - but no instructions. Working with mentors, students now had just six weeks to design, build, and test their robots to meet the season's engineering challenge.

In this year's game, "FIRST Overdrive," students designed their robots to race around an elliptical track lifting, pushing, carrying and passing 40" inflated trackballs. Extra points are scored by robots positioning the trackballs on a 6'6" overpass before the end of the 2 minute and 15 second match.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual competition that helps kids develop the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the technologically-driven global economy. Over 37,500 high-school students on more than 1,500 teams from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the U.K., and every state in the U.S. are participating in this year's competition.

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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 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 6 to 9 year-olds. To learn more about FIRST, go to


New York City / New Jersey FIRST is a regional headquarters of the FIRST (For Recognition and Inspiration in Science and Technology) student robotics program and is based at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey.

The New York City / New Jersey FIRST regional program is growing, with 93 FIRST Robotics teams, 240 FIRST LEGO League teams and the launch of the new FIRST Tech Challenge underway. We also host a variety of team support activities that foster and support the development of the FIRST Robotics, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST LEGO League teams.

The competitions, tournaments, programs and activities of FIRST in New York City / New Jersey are made possible by the efforts of Planning Committees made up of dedicated volunteers who want to make a difference in kids' lives. For more information please visit our Web site at

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