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12-05-2005

Clarkson University's FIRST Robotics Team Wins Off-Season Robotics Competition

Clarkson University's FIRST Robotics team, lead by Adrienne Emerson, a senior majoring in mathematics and statistics, and senior mechanical engineering majors Chris Carnevale and Jeremy Boire, guided their team to a first-place win recently in a Rah Cha Cha Ruckus, Off-Season Robotics Competition held in Rochester, New York. More than 15 teams competed.

In addition to winning the regional event, the Clarkson Robotics team, "Division by Zero," also captured the Top Offensive Robot Award and the Best Aesthetics Award.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is the brain child of Dean Kamen, creator of the Segway Human Transporter, who founded FIRST in 1989

"To create a world where science and technology are celebrated where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes."

"FIRST Robotics introduces young people to the excitement and possibilities science and technology has to offer," says Clarkson faculty advisor James Carroll. The competition throws students, faculty and industry professionals from many disciplines together to solve a specific problem „Ÿ just like in the real business world. For many high school students this can mark the beginning of a lifelong love affair with technology, and perhaps a technology career."

High school students participating in FIRST Robotics Competition are also eligible for educational scholarships of up to $6,000 per year for four years. Last year Clarkson awarded 14 full and partial scholarships.

FIRST Robotics is part of Clarkson University's SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) program, which spans academic boundaries by promoting 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, the General Electric Fund and Procter & Gamble. SPEED was recognized with the 2001 Boeing Outstanding Educator Ward and the 2002 Corporate and Foundation Alliance Award for its exceptional contributions to improving undergraduate engineering education.

[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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