FIRST Robotics competition announced

FIRST Robotics competition announced

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FIRST Robotics competition announced… via /.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) has officially announced the 2009 FIRST Robotics Competition. This competition, started by inventor Dean Kamen, encourages high-school students to design and build robots to compete with and against other FRC teams. The competition overview video is available from NASA. This year’s competition is called ‘Lunacy.’ The game consists of a series of 135-second face-offs during which the student-designed robots must pick up 9-inch game balls and deposit them in trailers hitched to the opposing teams’ robots. The game field is coated with regolith, a slick polymer material, and special wheels are used to create a low-traction interaction with the crater’s surface. Together, these combine to simulate the one-sixth gravity on the surface of the moon. For any readers who are interested in participating, FRC teams can always use more adult mentors.”

2 thoughts on “FIRST Robotics competition announced

  1. Sam says:

    I’m on a team in ND, and we’re incredibly excited for the game this year. It’s combination of simplicity and complexity that I think is going to make it a hell of a lot of fun. Hopefully our experience with driving on ice will give us a little bit of a head start in learning to drive the robot, that may be wishful thinking though.

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