Robotics competition opens at VCU
Thursday, March 7, 2002
Thousands of high school students
from 12 states and the District of Columbia are pitting metal against mettle at
Virginia Commonwealth University in the NASA Langley/VCU School of Engineering
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics
Competition. The three-day event kicked off March 7 at VCU’s Siegel Center
with the opening of dozens of high-tech machine shops where students assemble
and repair their radio-controlled robots and the start of hours of practice
rounds on the 24’ x 48’ playing field where the robots will have two minutes
to collect and score balls into goals.
Founded by inventor Dean Kamen, who recently
introduced the SegwayTM Human Transporter (HT), FIRST was created to
inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people, their schools
and their communities. Currently in its 11th year, the FIRST Robotics
Competition anticipates its largest season ever with more than 600 teams from
Brazil, the U.K., Canada and nearly every state in the U.S. competing in 17
different regional competitions.
More than 2,000 students are competing in the
NASA Langley/VCU School of Engineering regional. They will compete for honors
and recognition that reward design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship
and high-impact partnerships between schools, businesses and communities. The
winners will advance to the Championship April 25-27 at Walt Disney World’s
Epcot in Orlando, FL.
About VCU and the VCU Medical Center
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 223 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-eight of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University comprise the VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see www.vcu.edu.