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January 6, 2011
Susan Beasy Latto, Director, Media and Public Relations 218 726-8830 slatto@d.umn.edu
Stanley G. Burns, Associate Dean, UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering 218-726-7506 sburns@d.umn.edu


UMD to Host the
2011 FIRST Robotics Contest Preparation Kickoff Event
200 Students Attending from Area and Iron Range High Schools
Saturday, January 8, 9 a.m. – 12 Noon
UMD Bohannon Hall 90
FREE Parking


UMD will host the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Preparation Kickoff on Saturday, January 8 (9 a.m. – 12 noon) in Bohannon Hall 90. Over 200 high school students from the Duluth area and the Iron Range will attend.

Over 14 schools will participate during the kickoff event held on the UMD campus in Bohannon Hall, Room 90. Over 200 high school students, teachers, parents and guidance counselors are expected. Each school will be given nearly 100 pounds of robotic materials with which to build their robot for competition. The students then have six weeks to design and build a robot for the regional competition in March to be held at the DECC.

UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering students will assist the high school students and mentor them with their ongoing projects.

Professor Stan Burns, Associate Dean of UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering, is leading the event. His co-chair is Tim Velner, Science Curriculum Coordinator for ISD 709.




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