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Citadel News Service
6 Jan 2012

Inventor Dean Kamen and a cast of celebrities kick off FIRST 2012 Robotics season

The Palmetto Regional competition kicks off on Citadel campus

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012  

Registration:  8 a.m.   

Game announcement:  10:30 a.m.

Distribution of parts:  12:00 p.m.

Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall, The Citadel Campus


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To kick off the FIRST Robotics Competition season, teams throughout South Carolina and neighboring states will gather Saturday, Jan. 7, at The Citadel for the unveiling of a new, exciting, and challenging robotics game.  The announcement of the game will be streamed live in Buyer Auditorium from Manchester, N.H.  The program includes an impressive cast of personalities who will deliver remarks on video and in person, including former President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton, Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report, FIRST Chairman Walt Havenstein and FIRST Founder Dean Kamen. 

“Helping young people cultivate an interest in the field of engineering is important to the growth of technology in this country,” said Dean of the School of Engineering Ronald W. Welch, “and The Citadel is proud to join forces with the city of North Charleston to host the Palmetto Regional event.” 

Twenty-six teams of more than 270 team members are participating in the Palmetto Regional.  The teams will be shown the 2012 robotics game field and challenge for the first time and will receive an exciting, new Kit of Parts made up of motors, batteries, a control system, and a mix of automation components, but no instructions. Teams will have six weeks to design and build robots to meet this year’s engineering challenge.

From the kickoff, teams have just six weeks to solve the season’s common problem before four weeks of intense competitions using the same kit and a standard set of rules to be followed by more than 54,000 high school students on more than 2,400 teams worldwide.

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