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Photo album 2004.03.27
F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition Regionals at NorthWestern University.
Dozens of corporate sponsored College and High School engineering teams compete in a sport-like contest, changed each year, with only six weeks to prepare. Multiple challenges include autonomous operation and homing phase, step climbing, ball grappling, and bonus points for finishing suspended off the ground. Presented since 1992 by F.I.R.S.T. ("For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology"), a non-profit organization. This seeding ground for future engineers changes the lives of everyone it touches, and engenders massive family and peer support and enthusiasm. Over 50 teams compete for two days in this region alone, leading to finals in Atlanta. Editor's single favorite event of the year (this was my fourth), better than pro baseball and football put together.
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Robotics Competition.
Thousands attend.

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Team supporters.

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Thousands attend.

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Marisa Russo, National Outreach Services Manager.

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Backstage "pits" area.

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F.W.Parker team 1055 (my high school).

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Team 397 robot closeup.

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Robots and teams.

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Joysticks, ThunderChickens.

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Team 217, ThunderChickens.

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Team 904, Creston HS.

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Team 65, Huskie Brigade.

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Team 1101 robot.

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Team 1259, Paradigm Shift, cheerleaders.

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Team 1259, Paradigm Shift, cheerleaders.

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Team 1259, Paradigm Shift.

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Team 1259, Paradigm Shift.

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Team 461, Purdue.

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Robot 1064 w/ old-school hacker.

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Practice course.

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Robot 93, unique design with unfolding ball net.

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"Flying Into Greater Heights of Technology"

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Shipping area.

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Robot mascot.

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Shark mascot.

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Chicken mascots.

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Players massing.

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Two robots hanging. Fins block others?

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Four robots hanging!

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Two robots hanging.

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Robotics Competition.
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Robotics Competition.
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Robotics Competition.
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Robotics Competition.
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Two robots hanging, two trying.