Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors
Heifer International



Home > Press > And They're Off: Robots Built by High School Students Headed for Car Racing-Themed Competition

Abstract:
After gearing up over the past six weeks designing and building their robots and plotting their game strategy, more than 2,000 high school students from dozens of high schools will ship their machines today to the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton for the 12th annual New Jersey FIRST Robotics Competition, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. This year's contest, dubbed "FIRST Overdrive" for its car racing-like characteristics, takes place Feb. 29 and March 1, 2008.

And They're Off: Robots Built by High School Students Headed for Car Racing-Themed Competition

STATEWIDE, NJ | Posted on February 19th, 2008

During the two-day event, the sophisticated, autonomously and remote-controlled robots will compete in a series of qualifying matches before the quarter-finals and final matches on Saturday afternoon. The FIRST competition is about more than outscoring opponents, though. Teams are judged on design, team spirit, professionalism and ability to overcome problems. FIRST enables students to explore a professional field not commonly experienced at the high-school level.

FIRST, the acronym of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is an international initiative intended to spark an appreciation of science and technology in young people established by the accomplished inventor Dean Kamen. Since its inception in 1989, FIRST has grown into an international movement. This year more than 37,500 high school students comprising 1,500 teams from across the United States and abroad will compete in 41 regional competitions leading up to the 2008 FIRST Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, April 17-19.

"By participating in FIRST, students acquire skills and encounter situations that give them a real feel for many types of careers in science-related fields," said FIRST Regional Director Randy Schaeffer. "Students come to appreciate the excitement of technological innovation. From electrical engineering to genomics and nanotechnology, these kids have countless options."

"FIRST provides an exhilarating competitive experience that motivates teens," said Sheri McCoy, Worldwide Chairman, Surgical Care Group, Johnson & Johnson, who leads the Corporation's sponsorship of the FIRST Competition. "The skills they acquire in communication, teamwork, critical thinking and troubleshooting are mandatory in today's technologically driven economy."

The New Jersey FIRST Robotics Competition is free and open to the public. Visitors can enjoy the excitement and watch the high schoolers on Friday, February 29 and Saturday, March 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The "FIRST Overdrive" game will feature robots, which have been designed to race around a track knocking down 40-inch inflated balls and moving them around the track, passing them either over or under a 6-foot, 6-inch overpass.

New Jersey FIRST gratefully acknowledges the long-standing support of Johnson & Johnson as its sponsor. The 2008 competition marks the 12th straight year of Johnson & Johnson's leadership support. Other New Jersey FIRST sponsors are: ADP, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, MetLife, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and The Port Authority of NY & NJ.

####

About New Jersey FIRST
New York City/New Jersey FIRST! is based at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. For more information on starting a FIRST team or sponsoring a team, call Randy Schaeffer, regional director, (973) 596-3234.

Contacts:
Randy Schaeffer
regional director
(973) 596-3234

Copyright © PR Newswire Association LLC.

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Virginia Tech physicists propose path to faster, more flexible robots: Virginia Tech physicists revealed a microscopic phenomenon that could greatly improve the performance of soft devices, such as agile flexible robots or microscopic capsules for drug delivery May 17th, 2024

Gene therapy relieves back pain, repairs damaged disc in mice: Study suggests nanocarriers loaded with DNA could replace opioids May 17th, 2024

Shedding light on perovskite hydrides using a new deposition technique: Researchers develop a methodology to grow single-crystal perovskite hydrides, enabling accurate hydride conductivity measurements May 17th, 2024

Oscillating paramagnetic Meissner effect and Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition in cuprate superconductor May 17th, 2024

Academic/Education

Rice University launches Rice Synthetic Biology Institute to improve lives January 12th, 2024

Multi-institution, $4.6 million NSF grant to fund nanotechnology training September 9th, 2022

National Space Society Helps Fund Expanding Frontier’s Brownsville Summer Entrepreneur Academy: National Space Society and Club for the Future to Support Youth Development Program in South Texas June 24th, 2022

How a physicist aims to reduce the noise in quantum computing: NAU assistant professor Ryan Behunin received an NSF CAREER grant to study how to reduce the noise produced in the process of quantum computing, which will make it better and more practical April 1st, 2022

Announcements

Virginia Tech physicists propose path to faster, more flexible robots: Virginia Tech physicists revealed a microscopic phenomenon that could greatly improve the performance of soft devices, such as agile flexible robots or microscopic capsules for drug delivery May 17th, 2024

Diamond glitter: A play of colors with artificial DNA crystals May 17th, 2024

Finding quantum order in chaos May 17th, 2024

Oscillating paramagnetic Meissner effect and Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition in cuprate superconductor May 17th, 2024

Human Interest/Art

Drawing data in nanometer scale September 30th, 2022

Scientists prepare for the world’s smallest race: Nanocar Race II March 18th, 2022

Graphene nanotubes revolutionize touch screen use for prosthetic hands August 3rd, 2021

JEOL Announces 2020 Microscopy Image Grand Prize Winners January 7th, 2021

Grants/Sponsored Research/Awards/Scholarships/Gifts/Contests/Honors/Records

Aston University researcher receives £1 million grant to revolutionize miniature optical devices May 17th, 2024

Discovery points path to flash-like memory for storing qubits: Rice find could hasten development of nonvolatile quantum memory April 5th, 2024

Chemical reactions can scramble quantum information as well as black holes April 5th, 2024

Discovery of new Li ion conductor unlocks new direction for sustainable batteries: University of Liverpool researchers have discovered a new solid material that rapidly conducts lithium ions February 16th, 2024

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project