Awards & Honors Mark Final Day of National Robotics Championship Team 22 From California Receives Prestigious Chairman's Award

$1.2 Million in Scholarships Awarded to FIRST Competition Participants



Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

    ORLANDO, Fla., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Awards and honors were presented
 to teams participating in the 10th-annual FIRST (For Inspiration and
 Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition which wrapped up
 on Saturday at Walt Disney World's EPCOT Resort in Orlando, Fla. Team 22,
 "Double Deuce," from Chatsworth High School in North Hills, Calif., sponsored
 by Boeing-Rocketdyne, Computer Associates, Decker Machine, and Fadal
 Engineering, took one of the top honors in winning the coveted Chairman's
 Award, given annually to the team whose partnership best illustrates the true
 spirit of FIRST. Award presentations were also highlighted by the announcement
 of $1.2 million in scholarships for FIRST students, aimed at opening doors in
 higher education that will lead to careers in engineering and design.
     Cheered to victory by an energetic audience of nearly 20,000 fans,
 sponsors, and family and team members, award-winning teams displayed
 remarkable efforts in earning a number of awards and honors presented,
 recognizing teams and individuals in categories ranging from best design, to
 entrepreneurship, to sportsmanship and team spirit. The three-day Competition
 included over 10,000 high school students on more than 330 teams from 44
 states, Canada, Puerto Rico and Brazil competing with robots designed, built
 and controlled in an athletic-style contest of knowledge and strategy.
     "We would like to congratulate today's winners -- and all the participants
 -- for the hard work and creative energy they brought to the National
 Competition," said Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST. "Each year, as more teams
 participate, the level of competition becomes more intense and the results
 more exciting. And every year it's more clear that the students and engineers
 competing with FIRST teams and the companies that sponsor these teams are all
 winners in terms of the commitment, collaboration and value they bring to
 meeting challenge with a sprit of gracious professionalism."
     "The opportunity to develop curiosity, understanding and strong skills in
 math, science and engineering gives students a great advantage as they look
 toward the future," said David Brown, Executive Director of FIRST. "These
 skills, combined with knowing how to plan and work collaboratively to
 accomplish a goal, guarantee that FIRST students will take their places within
 the ranks of the highest achievers in the world."
     Following is a list of teams on the alliance recognized as National
 Champions at the Competition. A complete list of all other awards and
 scholarships can be found on the FIRST Web site at http://www.usfirst.org .
 
     National Champions
 
     *  Team 71, "Team Hammond," Beatty Machine and Manufacturing & School City
        of Hammond (Hammond, Ind.)
     *  Team 125, "Team NU-TRONS," Northeastern University/Textron Systems &
        Boston Latin School, Brookline High School and Milton Academy (Boston,
        Mass.)
     *  Team 279, "Tech Fusion," Dana Corporation/Toledo Technology Academy &
        Rogers High School (Ottawa Lake, Mich.)
     *  Team 294, "Beach Cities Robotics," TRW/Computer Associates & Mira Costa
        and Redondo Union High School (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
     *  Team 365, "Miracle Workerz," E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company,
        Inc./DuPont Engineering Explorer Post (Wilmington, Del.)
 
 

SOURCE FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
    ORLANDO, Fla., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Awards and honors were presented
 to teams participating in the 10th-annual FIRST (For Inspiration and
 Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition which wrapped up
 on Saturday at Walt Disney World's EPCOT Resort in Orlando, Fla. Team 22,
 "Double Deuce," from Chatsworth High School in North Hills, Calif., sponsored
 by Boeing-Rocketdyne, Computer Associates, Decker Machine, and Fadal
 Engineering, took one of the top honors in winning the coveted Chairman's
 Award, given annually to the team whose partnership best illustrates the true
 spirit of FIRST. Award presentations were also highlighted by the announcement
 of $1.2 million in scholarships for FIRST students, aimed at opening doors in
 higher education that will lead to careers in engineering and design.
     Cheered to victory by an energetic audience of nearly 20,000 fans,
 sponsors, and family and team members, award-winning teams displayed
 remarkable efforts in earning a number of awards and honors presented,
 recognizing teams and individuals in categories ranging from best design, to
 entrepreneurship, to sportsmanship and team spirit. The three-day Competition
 included over 10,000 high school students on more than 330 teams from 44
 states, Canada, Puerto Rico and Brazil competing with robots designed, built
 and controlled in an athletic-style contest of knowledge and strategy.
     "We would like to congratulate today's winners -- and all the participants
 -- for the hard work and creative energy they brought to the National
 Competition," said Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST. "Each year, as more teams
 participate, the level of competition becomes more intense and the results
 more exciting. And every year it's more clear that the students and engineers
 competing with FIRST teams and the companies that sponsor these teams are all
 winners in terms of the commitment, collaboration and value they bring to
 meeting challenge with a sprit of gracious professionalism."
     "The opportunity to develop curiosity, understanding and strong skills in
 math, science and engineering gives students a great advantage as they look
 toward the future," said David Brown, Executive Director of FIRST. "These
 skills, combined with knowing how to plan and work collaboratively to
 accomplish a goal, guarantee that FIRST students will take their places within
 the ranks of the highest achievers in the world."
     Following is a list of teams on the alliance recognized as National
 Champions at the Competition. A complete list of all other awards and
 scholarships can be found on the FIRST Web site at http://www.usfirst.org .
 
     National Champions
 
     *  Team 71, "Team Hammond," Beatty Machine and Manufacturing & School City
        of Hammond (Hammond, Ind.)
     *  Team 125, "Team NU-TRONS," Northeastern University/Textron Systems &
        Boston Latin School, Brookline High School and Milton Academy (Boston,
        Mass.)
     *  Team 279, "Tech Fusion," Dana Corporation/Toledo Technology Academy &
        Rogers High School (Ottawa Lake, Mich.)
     *  Team 294, "Beach Cities Robotics," TRW/Computer Associates & Mira Costa
        and Redondo Union High School (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
     *  Team 365, "Miracle Workerz," E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company,
        Inc./DuPont Engineering Explorer Post (Wilmington, Del.)
 
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