Toledo Public Schools-Dana Corp. Team Participate on Championship Team in National Engineering Competition

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Dana Corporation

    TOLEDO, Ohio, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A team of students and teachers
 from Toledo Technology Academy and Rogers High School and engineers from Dana
 Corp. were part of the "National Championship Alliance" of the FIRST Robotics
 Competition.
     (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990903/DANA )
     FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is a
 nonprofit organization that teams professionals and students together for a
 hands-on, inside look at the areas of science, engineering, and technology.
 Toward that goal, the annual robotics contest challenges teams to design and
 develop a "champion robot" in just six weeks that performs a series of
 specific tasks.
     After eight qualifying matches, the Toledo Public Schools-Dana Corp. robot
 -- named Jonny after a cartoon character -- was picked by its division's top-
 ranked team from Hammond, Indiana to join its "alliance" in the championship
 contest.  Jonny was picked because its speed and versatility complemented the
 strengths of the robots from the other four teams in the alliance.  The four
 divisional alliances then competed in the championship, and Jonny earned a
 share of the top honor for the local team.
     Seventeen students, three teachers, and 14 Dana professionals developed
 Jonny, learning as much about teamwork along the way as engineering. More than
 500 teams from the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and Brazil participated in the
 2001 regional and national competitions.  The national contest was held at
 Walt Disney World's Epcot(R) Center in Orlando, Florida.
     Dana Chairman and CEO Joe Magliochetti said, "Though Dana serves diverse
 markets in countries around the world, our customers all share a common need
 for more product innovation and technology.  To meet that requirement, Dana in
 turn needs a steady stream of bright and talented engineers.  The FIRST
 Robotics Competition is a great program to ensure many of today's students are
 tomorrow's engineers.  Along with the Toledo Public Schools students, we're
 delighted to be part of this year's championship team."
     One student from Rogers High School, David Phillips, said the experience
 played a part in his decision to pursue a career in engineering and robotics.
     Dana professionals also team up annually with students from Bedford Public
 Schools' Smith Road Elementary School each year in the FIRST LEGO(R) League.
 An offshoot of the robotics competition, this program introduces younger
 students, ages 9 to 14, to the wonders of science, math and technology.  The
 Dana Unicorns team was one of six teams in the nation invited to participate
 in a FIRST LEGO League exhibition held at Epcot during the robotics national
 competition. The team received the top design award from the judges.
     Dana Corporation is one of the world's largest independent suppliers to
 vehicle manufacturers and their related aftermarkets.  Founded in 1904 and
 based in Toledo, Ohio, the company operates some 300 major facilities in 35
 countries and employs more than 75,000 people.  The company reported sales of
 $12.3 billion in 2000. Dana's Internet address is www.dana.com .
 
 

SOURCE Dana Corporation
    TOLEDO, Ohio, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A team of students and teachers
 from Toledo Technology Academy and Rogers High School and engineers from Dana
 Corp. were part of the "National Championship Alliance" of the FIRST Robotics
 Competition.
     (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990903/DANA )
     FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is a
 nonprofit organization that teams professionals and students together for a
 hands-on, inside look at the areas of science, engineering, and technology.
 Toward that goal, the annual robotics contest challenges teams to design and
 develop a "champion robot" in just six weeks that performs a series of
 specific tasks.
     After eight qualifying matches, the Toledo Public Schools-Dana Corp. robot
 -- named Jonny after a cartoon character -- was picked by its division's top-
 ranked team from Hammond, Indiana to join its "alliance" in the championship
 contest.  Jonny was picked because its speed and versatility complemented the
 strengths of the robots from the other four teams in the alliance.  The four
 divisional alliances then competed in the championship, and Jonny earned a
 share of the top honor for the local team.
     Seventeen students, three teachers, and 14 Dana professionals developed
 Jonny, learning as much about teamwork along the way as engineering. More than
 500 teams from the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and Brazil participated in the
 2001 regional and national competitions.  The national contest was held at
 Walt Disney World's Epcot(R) Center in Orlando, Florida.
     Dana Chairman and CEO Joe Magliochetti said, "Though Dana serves diverse
 markets in countries around the world, our customers all share a common need
 for more product innovation and technology.  To meet that requirement, Dana in
 turn needs a steady stream of bright and talented engineers.  The FIRST
 Robotics Competition is a great program to ensure many of today's students are
 tomorrow's engineers.  Along with the Toledo Public Schools students, we're
 delighted to be part of this year's championship team."
     One student from Rogers High School, David Phillips, said the experience
 played a part in his decision to pursue a career in engineering and robotics.
     Dana professionals also team up annually with students from Bedford Public
 Schools' Smith Road Elementary School each year in the FIRST LEGO(R) League.
 An offshoot of the robotics competition, this program introduces younger
 students, ages 9 to 14, to the wonders of science, math and technology.  The
 Dana Unicorns team was one of six teams in the nation invited to participate
 in a FIRST LEGO League exhibition held at Epcot during the robotics national
 competition. The team received the top design award from the judges.
     Dana Corporation is one of the world's largest independent suppliers to
 vehicle manufacturers and their related aftermarkets.  Founded in 1904 and
 based in Toledo, Ohio, the company operates some 300 major facilities in 35
 countries and employs more than 75,000 people.  The company reported sales of
 $12.3 billion in 2000. Dana's Internet address is www.dana.com .
 
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