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FIRST Robotics Competition Announced 73

Posted by kdawson
from the harsh-mistress dept.
Z80xxc! writes "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."
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FIRST Robotics Competition Announced

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  • Re:Yup (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 04, 2009 @05:22AM (#26318777)

    Hint from a non-rookie team: Look up gracious professionalism.

    Hint 2: Judges read everything, and you represent your team.

  • Re:Yup (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 04, 2009 @05:35AM (#26318821)

    I was on a team for 6 years both as a student and a mentor. You my friend are most obviously the one suffering from said ailments. If you have a problem with your particular team, the're are many others around. I suggest however you learn how to help your team and take everything you can from the program. If you choose otherwise, might I suggest practicing your burger flipping skills, as you will most likely need it with your pessimistic attitude. Btw that program made my life, I currently earn over 100,000 and love my life and job.

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