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Clarkson First Robotics Team Finishes Third In Regional Competition

The Clarkson FIRST Robotics Team is off to a promising start in the 2002 FIRST Robotics competition season with a third place finish in a regional event held recently in Cleveland, Ohio. The team was also awarded the Johnson & Johnson Sportsmanship Award for their persistence, dedication and professionalism throughout the three-day competition.

The team is now preparing to compete again in Toronto, Ontario, from April 4 – 6.

“The students are very excited and optimistic about their prospects this season, following a strong showing in Ohio,” said Jim Carroll, professor of electrical and computer engineering and FIRST Robotics Team faculty adviser. “They are looking forward to upcoming competitions and continuing on the course they have set.”

“Everyone has been incredibly dedicated to the team and our success,” added Kelly Ford, a graduate student in mechanical engineering and the FIRST Robotics team leader. “The team is extremely determined to win this year.”

The Clarkson FIRST Robotics team was established in 1998 and is part of the university’s award-winning SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) program. The team is comprised of engineering students and faculty from Clarkson University, and students and teachers from Massena High School, Salmon River High School and Potsdam High School.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics was established 11 years ago by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen with the goal of creating as much excitement among high school students about mathematics, science and technology as there is around professional sports. Each year, teams of high school students and engineers from universities and industry work together to design and build robots to a particular set of specifications. Each team has only six weeks to complete the robot. Regional competitions are held around the U.S., followed by a national competition at Epcot in Orlando, Fla. This year more than 600 teams from across the U.S. and Canada, Brazil and the United Kingdom will participate in the 2002 competitions.

Clarkson offers FIRST Scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have participated in a FIRST Robotics program and meet the academic requirements for admission to the University.

For more information about Clarkson’s FIRST Robotics team, see the team Web site at

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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