“WOW! I have caught the FIRST® Robotics bug!; I of course knew about our FIRST® Robotics team here at Dublin School, team #1729, but it was not until I attended the kickoff celebration last Friday night at the home of NH native Dean Kamen with team mentor Jason Cox, that I fully realized how extraordinary this organization is and the incredible opportunity it represents for our students. As a former science teacher myself, I was particularly moved when Dean Kamen explained to the crowd that, “Our goal is to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.” Judging by the energy, excitement and commitment of the hundreds of mentors, team leaders and corporate sponsors in the room and the fact that over 293,000 students will participate in FIRST® this year and the organization will award over $14 million in college scholarships, I think this organization is well on its way of reaching its goal.
FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a not-for-profit organization founded by Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology by engaging students in innovative robotics competitions. Our robotics team, FIRST® team # 1729, will spend six intense weeks designing and building an original robot for the FIRST Regional Competition scheduled for March 1-3,2011 in Manchester, NH.
This year FIRST® team # 1729 is one of 900 high school teams being sponsored by JCPenny. Thank you JCPenny! However, that only covers the basics, and to be a winning robot, additional funds are often needed. We don’t all have to be building the robot to support the team. I encourage everyone to find out more about the program and join the excitement by talking with a member of this year’s team– Cole Rogers ’13,Greg Antonellis ’12, Marc Krumbein ’12, Jeffrey Brathwaite ’13, Rachel Coutant ’13, Tai Cheng Song ’14, Aron Cowen-Luehrmann ’12, Brendan Palmer ’13, Grant Holliday ’15, and Myles Spencer ’15 - and see how you can help. Good luck Team #1729! Sign me up to drive the Fan bus to the competition in March! -Erika Rogers
Robotics coach Jason Cox adds: “We have a lot of new team members this year, many are Dublin School 9th graders. This is really exciting for the team because they will be able to keep building on the skills we practice here all throughout their high school career. This year we are hoping for an Engineering award because we have a really cool drive system as well as an innovative approach to handling data processing on the robot.”
Above picture: Greg Antonellis '12 and Marc Krumbein '12 with Governor John Lynch. Photo courtesy of Brighid Wood