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03-07-2001

New York Power Authority Donates $2,000 To Robotics Competiton

[A photo for newspaper use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/nypadonation.jpg]

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has donated $2,000 to Clarkson University’s FIRST Robotics team.nypadonation

The annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics competition teams high school students with engineers from industry and universities to design and build a remote-controlled robot that competes in a sporting-like event. Clarkson University undergraduates and high school students from Massena, Potsdam and Salmon River schools recently finished the construction of a robot for the 2001 competition.

The Clarkson team, known as Division by Zero, will display its robot's abilities at the Long Island regional competition March 9-10 at Suffolk County Community College.

“This generous donation will go toward buying design and analysis software,” says Tina C. Yuille, Clarkson University’s Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design program director. “NYPA’s donation will help the FIRST Robotics competition to flourish, reinforcing the community connection that is so important to us all. This support is indicative of NYPA’s and Clarkson’s dedication to bridging the gap between high school and higher education, building a technologically educated work force in northern New York.”

In this year’s FIRST Robotics competition, randomly assigned teams are partnered to form alliances just prior to the start of each match. Unlike conventional competitions, the four teams of the alliance work together to score points. The key to this year’s competition is cooperation, because each match involves only the four robots in the alliance working together to maximize scoring, not competing against one another. The game’s design promotes a culture of “gracious professionalism,” which is strongly encouraged by the FIRST organizers.

To learn more about the FIRST Robotics Competition, visit the official FIRST website at http://www.usfirst.org. To learn more about Clarkson’s SPEED program and the FIRST Robotics entry, contact Tina C. Yuille at 315-268-7976 or tyuille@clarkson.edu.

Photo caption: Charles A. Storrin, New York Power Authority electrical supervisor, presents a $2,000 check to Tina C. Yuille, Clarkson University’s Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design program director.  The donation will support design and analysis software programs for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics team. Storrin is the father of a Massena High School alum who participated in FIRST last year.

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

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