The 1999 Robotics Competition The "Ultimate Mind Sport!"

Team up with high schools in a high-tech sporting event pitting gladiator robots against each other! Partner with students, teachers, and corporate professionals to design and build robots in just six weeks, then compete in a spirited, no-holds-barred tournament held in Moffett Field's Hangar One complete with referees, cheerleaders and time clocks. The goal: Expose students to engineers, help them discover the important connection between classroom lessons and real-world applications, and inspire them to pursue careers in engineering.

The Vision

"To see a world where science and technology are celebrated, where kids think science is cool and dream of becoming science and technology heroes."

FIRST: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

Find out how to: --Become a Participant --Build a Team --Sponsor a Team --Prepare for Competition See: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers Guide to Starting a FIRST Team" at ASME Deadline to register your team: December 18, 1998

Students from dozens of California schools will compete in the 1999 regional competitions. Don't miss a chance to be part of this exciting event!

Thoughts and Impressions

"The Competition truly is a fine, creative example of what can be done to excite the next generation about science and technology and motivate young Americans to the pursuit of scientific and technological excellence." William J. Clinton, President of the United States "FIRST has phenomenal potential to impact and change some of the negative trends of many of today's youth. It provides an avenue for the older and younger generations to work closely together for a common goal." Andrew M. Allen, former NASA Astronaut and President of FIRST

The Competition:

In this eighth annual FIRST Robotics Competition, teams will participate in wars between remote-controlled robots designed by high school students and their engineer advisers. The robots are constructed in a six-week time frame from identical kits of material, but will emerge in wildly different Teams will pit their robots against others at the regional competition in the historical Ames Hangar One in February 1999. The national competition will be held at Walt Disney World's EPCOT Center in Orlando, Florida, in April 1999. "To involve the educational community in our endeavors to inspire America's students, create learning opportunities, and enlighten inquisitive minds." From the NASA Strategic Vision