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April 26, 2007

Student teams compete in international robotic competition

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Teams from the 2007 FIRST Boilermaker Regional Competition participated in the international championship robotics event on April 12-14 in Atlanta.

FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, combines sports with science and technology. The 2007 game, called "Rack 'N' Roll," measured the dexterity and skill of robots and human players through intense, fast-paced matches. Robots were designed to hang inflated colored tubes of pegs configured in rows and columns on a 10-foot-high center rack structure. Robots scored extra points by being lifted off the ground in their home zone, an assigned area at the end of the court, before the end of the two-minute and 15-second match.

The FIRST Robotics program pairs high school students with professional engineers, teachers, college students and parents as mentors. About 350 teams attended the international competition.

"This competition serves so many different goals. It's educational, teaches students about teamwork, provides mentoring for young people, and helps them become leaders and time managers," said Amy Przybylinski, the FIRST Boilermaker Regional Competition co-chairwoman and a Purdue mechanical engineering graduate. "The winning teams from the Boilermaker Regional Competition participated at the international event."

About 40 teams competed in the regional at Purdue in March. Top-finishing and award-winning teams were:

* First-place: Team 1730, Team Driven from Lees Summit, Mont.

* Second-place: Team 234, Team Cyber Blue from Indianapolis.

* Third-place: Team 1555, Pulse from Monon, Ind.

* Regional Chairman's Award: Team 234, Team Cyber Blue from Indianapolis.

* Regional Engineering Inspiration Award: Team 135, PHM/Power Lift from Mishawaka, Ind.

* Judges Awards: Team 141, "WO-BOT," Holland, Mich. and 1138, Eagle Engineering from West Hills, Calif.

* Rookie All-Star Award: Team 2081, PND Robotics from Peoria, Ill.

* Rookie Inspiration Award: Team 2015, Wavecrest from Holland, Mich.

* Highest Rookie Seed Award: Team 1990, Rammathorn from Lodi, Ohio.

* Regional Finalist 1: Team 1023, Bedford Express from Temperance, Mich.

* Regional Finalist 2: Team 1747, Harrison Boiler Robotics from West Lafayette, Ind.

* Regional Finalist 3: Team 461, Westside Boiler Invasion from West Lafayette, Ind.

Teams at the Boilermaker Regional came from Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Wisconsin, California, North Dakota and Kentucky, as well as one from San Juan, Puerto Rico. More than 1,100 students, mentors, volunteers and sponsors participated in the event, and many spectators attended each day's competition.

Other award recipients included:

* Imagery Award: Team 1024, Kil-A-Bytes from Indianapolis.

* Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award: Team 1730, Team Driven from Lees Summit, Mo.

* Xerox Creativity Award: Team 868, Carmel TechHOUNDS from Carmel, Ind.

* Delphi "Driving Tomorrow's Technology" Award: Team 1985, Robohawks from Florissant, Mo.

* Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship and Website awards: Team 234, Team Cyber Blue from Indianapolis.

* Regional Woodie Flowers Award: Bob Steller of Team 554, Highlanders from Fort Thomas, Ky.

* Autodesk Visualization Award: Team 1720, PhyXTGears from Muncie, Ind.

* General Motors Industrial Design Award: Team 85, BOB from Zeeland, Mich.

* Motorola Quality Award: Team 45, Delphi and Kokomo High School from Kokomo, Ind.

* Johnson & Johnson Sportsmanship Award: Team 573, BRMarianMechWarriors from Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

* Underwriter Laboratory Industrial Safety Award: 1319, Mauldin High School from Mauldin, S.C.

* DaimlerChrysler Team Spirit Award: Team 1189, The Gearheads from Grosse Pointe, Mich.

* Outstanding Volunteers Award: Chris Fultz, Team Cyber Blue, Indianapolis.

FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway human transporter. The program designs competitions to motivate students to pursue studies in science, technology and engineering.

Writer: Cynthia Sequin, (765) 494-4192,

Source: Amy E. Przybylinski, (765) 451-9822,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;


The Gearheads from Redford, Mich. and the RoboDevils from Indianapolis watch as their robots compete in the 2007 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Boilermaker Regional Robotics Competition at Purdue University on Saturday (March 17). Thirty-nine teams participated in the three-day event. Winning teams advanced to the international championship that was held April 12-14 in Atlanta where they competed against more than 350 teams. (Purdue News Service file photo/Dave Umberger)

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