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04-19-2002

Clarkson First Robotics Team Invites Community To "homecoming" April 27 In Massena

The Clarkson FIRST Robotics Team, comprising students and teachers from Massena High School and Salmon River High School, and engineering students and faculty from Clarkson University, will demonstrate its award-winning robot at a reception open to the community on Saturday, April 27, from 2-4 p.m. at the former Twin Rivers School in Massena. The school is located on Route 37 two miles north of the St. Lawrence Centre Mall on the left.

The “Homecoming Extravaganza” will celebrate the teams’ success. Known as “Division by Zero,” it finished in third place in 2002 FIRST Robotics competitions in both Cleveland and Toronto. The team was also awarded the Johnson & Johnson Sportsmanship Award and the Judges’ Award.

At the April 27 homecoming reception the local students’ robot will take on “Neverending Chaos,” a Syracuse area team, in a robotics exhibition. The event will also feature a FIRST Robotics presentation and video highlights from the two out-of-town competitions. Light refreshments will be served.

The Clarkson FIRST Robotics team was established in 1998 and is part of the University’s award-winning SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) program.

Clarkson University offers FIRST Scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have participated in a FIRST Robotics program and meet the academic requirements for admission to the University.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics was established 11 years ago by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen with the goal of creating as much excitement among high school students about mathematics, science and technology as there is around professional sports. Each year, teams of high school students and engineers from universities and industry work together to design and build robots to a particular set of specifications. Each team has only six weeks to complete the robot.

Clarkson 's SPEED program promotes multidisciplinary project based learning opportunities for more than 250 undergraduates annually. SPEED projects involve engineering design and analysis, fabrication, and the enhancement of professional competencies such as budget management, effective teamwork and communication skills. SPEED receives its primary financial support from Alcoa, Corning, Eastman Kodak, General Electric, and Procter & Gamble. SPEED was recognized with the 2001 Boeing Outstanding Educator Award for its exceptional contribution to improving undergraduate engineering education.

For more information about Clarkson’s FIRST Robotics team, see the team Web site at http://www.clarkson.edu/speed/teams/first.html.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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