Area Teens Show Techno Smarts at FIRST Regional Robotics Competition, March 2-4

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Press Release

Feb 27, 2006

For Immediate Release

Contact: Nadine Fielder

503-297-1894, ext. 301

fiedlern@catlin.edu

Area Teens Show Techno Smarts at FIRST Regional Robotics Competition, March 2-4

Robot Development Culminates in Regional Competition for Coveted Awards and Chance to Compete at Championship

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Press Release

Feb 27, 2006

For Immediate Release

Contact: Nadine Fielder

503-297-1894, ext. 301

fiedlern@catlin.edu

Area Teens Show Techno Smarts at FIRST Regional Robotics Competition, March 2-4

Robot Development Culminates in Regional Competition for Coveted Awards and Chance to Compete at Championship

Who:

46 teen teams from Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, and British Columbia will participate in the Pacific Northwest Regional FIRST Robotics Competition for an opportunity to win regional recognition and advance to the championship competition. The public is encouraged to attend, catch the excitement of this intense competition, and cheer on their favorite teams. Admission is free. If you would like to interview participants before the competition, or to send reporters or a camera crew to the event, please call or email Nadine Fiedler at Catlin Gabel School, 503-297-1894 ext. 301,  fiedlern@catlin.edu. For more information, visit the FIRST Website

Local teams are from Catlin Gabel School, Franklin High School, and Lincoln High School in Portland; the Center for Advanced Learning in Gresham; the Westview Robotics Team in Beaverton; Wilsonville High School; and the Columbia River Girl Scouts Council in Vancouver, Washington. Other Oregon teams from Corvallis, Philomath, Bend, Albany, and Salem will compete.

What:

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition challenges high school students -working with professional mentors - to design and build a robot to contend in competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students. Teams in the Pacific Northwest Regional FIRST Robotics Competition will vie for regional awards and a spot at the FIRST Championship to be held April 27-29 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The competition is part of FIRST, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

When:

Thursday, March 2, 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, March 3, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 4, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where:

Rose Garden Memorial Coliseum, One Center Court, Portland OR 97227

Photo Ops: Students testing, tuning up, and competing with their robots. Students “driving” their robots to race around playing field. Students and professional mentors, school groups, school mascots, family, and fans cheering on teams. A colorful spectacle all around.

ABOUT FIRST

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 nonprofit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition for high school students and the FIRST LEGO League for children 9-14 years old.