For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST)
The finals were held last week with 10,000 students from 23 countries and the winner was a trio comprised of the teams of Bobcat Robotics from South Windsor High School Connecticut, Highrollers from Cimarron Memorial High School in Las Vegas Nevada, and the HERD from Massachusetts Academy in Worcester Massachusetts. Congratulations to everyone who participated and the sponsors of this great event to promote science, technology and engineering. Watching the event clips was great and there were some unbelievably smart and entertaining students in the competition and well thought out designs. Tech is Cool! Hey if anyone needs me to help train for a team next year or as a cheerleader please let me know as I am a HUGE supporter of advancing engineering and science for students as they are all of our future.
The Bobcat 2007 - The Ring Wrangler mkXIII designed with Autodesk Inventor
A video detailing the 2007 Bobcat Robotics submission and process explained by Matt the Mad CADDer.
"ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- After six weeks of strategy and sweat, a coalition of high school teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Nevada took the top prize at the FIRST Robotics competition, otherwise known as the "Superbowl of Smarts."
"As some of the best young minds in the world converge on Atlanta's Georgia Dome for the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship April 12-14, Autodesk, Inc.'s commitment to the next generation of engineers will be showcased on an international stage. The event is the culmination of 37 regional competitions held earlier this year featuring 1,300 teams from seven countries. Autodesk is supporting the competition through a $17 million software donation, granting student participants first-hand experience with state-of-the-art 3D technology -- Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk 3ds Max software -- which they used to design and pre-visualize their robots. Autodesk's support reflects a shared mission with FIRST to create ongoing passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and encourage students to pursue careers in engineering."
Autodesk Sponsored Division Award Winners:
- Autodesk Visualization Award – Team 1625, “Winnovation Robotics Team,” Illinois
- Autodesk Inventor Award – Team 103, “Cybersonics,” Pennsylvania
Autodesk has been a proud sponsor of the championships for this great organization to promote science and technology. FIRST was started by Dean Kamen (inventor of the Segway).
"To create a world where science and technology are celebrated... where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes"
Dean Kamen, Founder
Students can get access to free Autodesk software and more at the Student Community.
Autodesk has also launched a community resource for FIRST Teams named FIRSTbase http://firstbase.autodesk.com/