Accession Number : ADA486058

Title :   Triple Helix

Descriptive Note : Final rept.


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Report Date : Aug 2008

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : FIRST(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, New Hampshire, the 501.3(c) not-for-profit organization designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. One such program is the FIRST Robotics Competition for high school students. In 2008, the FIRST Robotics Competition challenged over 37,000 high-school-aged young people on more than 1,500 teams worldwide to work with 18,000 mentors and 2,000 sponsoring companies to design, construct, and test a robot during an intense, six-week season. This six-week season, in which teams must advance from initial design to final product, creates a real world engineering experience that includes critical technical analysis, acquisition and application of engineering knowledge, technical fabrication, systems engineering and integration, time management, resource allotment, teamwork, and many other life skills that combine to help students focus on technology as a possible career choice. In September 2007, Menchville High School in Newport News, Virginia, with the assistance of a Department of the Army grant and contributions by other non-government entities, established a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team. The Menchville Robotics Team, also known as Triple Helix, had an outstanding first year. The highlight of the year was participating in the FIRST NASA/Virginia Commonwealth University Regional competition held in Richmond, Virginia, March 6-8, 2008. Although placing only 58th out of 64 teams, Triple Helix was awarded with the FIRST Rookie Inspiration Award for outstanding success in technology education.


Subject Categories : Cybernetics

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