In recognition of the FIRST Robotics Wisconsin Regional Competition being held in Milwaukee on March 13th and 14th, The Thomas More Community Robotics Club has had March 14, 2009 declared “FIRST Robotics Day” by the City of Milwaukee, County of Milwaukee, and the State of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett have all issued proclamations declaring March 14th, 2009 “FIRST Robotics Day”. These declarations were requested by last year’s FIRST Wisconsin Regional Chairman’s Award winner FRC Team #1714, The Thomas More Community Robotics Club, also known as More Robotics.
More Robotics will be competing in this, the fourth year that FIRST has held a regional competition in Milwaukee. FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a unique varsity-like sport for the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding an engineering related career can be.
The FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual competition that helps students discover the rewards and excitement of science, engineering, and technology. More than 42,000 high-school students on 1,686 teams from the U.S., Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Turkey, and the U.K. are participating in this year’s competition.
In this years competition entitled “Lunacy” robots are designed to pick up 9" game balls and score them in trailers hitched to their opponents’ robots for points during a 2 minute and 15 second match. Additional points are awarded for scoring a special game ball, the Super Cell, in the opponents' trailers during the last 20 seconds of the match. “Lunacy” is played on a low-friction floor, which means teams must contend with the laws of physics.
The 2009 FIRST Robotics Wisconsin Regional will have 53 teams competing on Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm at the US Cellular Arena in downtown Milwaukee. The public is invited to attend and admission is free.
The Thomas More Community Robotics Club is made up of 30 high school students from Saint Thomas More High School, Oak Creek High School, Cudahy High School, Greenfield High School and Homestead High School.
Additional information about More Robotics, FIRST and the FIRST Robotics Wisconsin Regional can be found by visiting their web site www.morerobotics.org.
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