Over 10,000 Students on More Than 330 Teams Square Off In Tenth-Annual National Championship Competition

Student-Built, Designed & Controlled Robots

Will Compete at Walt Disney World's EPCOT;

$1.2 Million in Scholarships Will Be Awarded to Participating Students



FIRST Founder Dean Kamen, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

Scheduled to Appear at Competition



Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

    ORLANDO, Fla., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 10,000 high school students on
 more than 330 teams from across the nation will meet at Walt Disney World's
 EPCOT Resort this week to take part in the FIRST Robotics National
 Championship Competition -- the largest high school event of its kind. Dubbed
 "the NCAA of Smarts," the Competition will run from April 5-7, and will
 feature robots designed, built and controlled by student teams squaring off in
 an athletic-style contest of knowledge and strategy.
     Teams from 44 states, Canada, Puerto Rico and Brazil will participate in
 this year's Competition, its tenth-anniversary season, which featured more
 than 500 teams overall taking part in 13 regional competitions held nationwide
 in March. Students from a broad range of academic backgrounds will compete
 alongside teachers, volunteer engineers and university partners who serve as
 their mentors in a raucous, highly-charged environment. Cheerleaders, pep
 bands and an expected audience of nearly 20,000 fans will create a unique
 Competition setting, one normally experienced this time of year at college
 basketball games that make up "March Madness."
     FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Founder
 Dean Kamen and FIRST National Advisor Woodie Flowers will lead participation
 in the three-day event. Florida Governor Jeb Bush is scheduled to appear at
 the Competition, which will be highlighted by the awarding of $1.2 million in
 scholarships to FIRST students. FIRST's Board of Directors, corporate
 sponsors, partners and guests will be on hand throughout the event.
 
     WHAT:   2001 FIRST Robotics National Championship Competition
 
     WHERE:  Walt Disney World EPCOT Resort
 (Enter through main EPCOT gate, staying to the left. Follow the signs to the
 FIRST Arena area in the Imagine Lot. Media registration is required at the
 Press Tent, reporters should bring appropriate credentials.)
 
     FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2001:
     * Competition Rounds run from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
     * Opening Ceremonies, 8:30 a.m., official event kick-off featuring remarks
       from FIRST representatives, partners & guests.
 
     SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2001:
     * Competition Rounds run from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
     * Opening Ceremonies, 8:30 a.m., $1.2 million in scholarships will be
       awarded to FIRST students.
     * Final Competition Rounds, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
     * Awards Ceremony 5:45 p.m., Woodie Flowers, Dean Kamen, and select VIPs,
       will present awards.
 
 

SOURCE FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
    ORLANDO, Fla., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 10,000 high school students on
 more than 330 teams from across the nation will meet at Walt Disney World's
 EPCOT Resort this week to take part in the FIRST Robotics National
 Championship Competition -- the largest high school event of its kind. Dubbed
 "the NCAA of Smarts," the Competition will run from April 5-7, and will
 feature robots designed, built and controlled by student teams squaring off in
 an athletic-style contest of knowledge and strategy.
     Teams from 44 states, Canada, Puerto Rico and Brazil will participate in
 this year's Competition, its tenth-anniversary season, which featured more
 than 500 teams overall taking part in 13 regional competitions held nationwide
 in March. Students from a broad range of academic backgrounds will compete
 alongside teachers, volunteer engineers and university partners who serve as
 their mentors in a raucous, highly-charged environment. Cheerleaders, pep
 bands and an expected audience of nearly 20,000 fans will create a unique
 Competition setting, one normally experienced this time of year at college
 basketball games that make up "March Madness."
     FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Founder
 Dean Kamen and FIRST National Advisor Woodie Flowers will lead participation
 in the three-day event. Florida Governor Jeb Bush is scheduled to appear at
 the Competition, which will be highlighted by the awarding of $1.2 million in
 scholarships to FIRST students. FIRST's Board of Directors, corporate
 sponsors, partners and guests will be on hand throughout the event.
 
     WHAT:   2001 FIRST Robotics National Championship Competition
 
     WHERE:  Walt Disney World EPCOT Resort
 (Enter through main EPCOT gate, staying to the left. Follow the signs to the
 FIRST Arena area in the Imagine Lot. Media registration is required at the
 Press Tent, reporters should bring appropriate credentials.)
 
     FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2001:
     * Competition Rounds run from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
     * Opening Ceremonies, 8:30 a.m., official event kick-off featuring remarks
       from FIRST representatives, partners & guests.
 
     SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2001:
     * Competition Rounds run from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
     * Opening Ceremonies, 8:30 a.m., $1.2 million in scholarships will be
       awarded to FIRST students.
     * Final Competition Rounds, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
     * Awards Ceremony 5:45 p.m., Woodie Flowers, Dean Kamen, and select VIPs,
       will present awards.
 
 SOURCE  FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)