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Commerce, MI - December 31st 2010
Nuspire Networks is proud to announce the recent sponsorship of Southfield High School’s FIRST robotics competition program. The FIRST program is a competition designed for those who want to compete head-to-head in robot development, using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.
Southfield High School’s team is called the “Technojays” (http://technojays.weebly.com/first.html). Joe Minnick, a teacher at the high school and advisor to the Technojays said this about the program, “The purpose of the Technojays is to sustain an educational partnership with industry that allows professional engineers to mentor our students. The Technojays program offers students opportunities to learn in the areas of machine and tool technology, electronics, mechanics, C programming, computer animation, web design, teamwork and marketing. We will be participating in our thirteenth year of competition and thanks to Nuspire; we will have a significant edge.”
Nuspire Engineer, David Orlo, spoke of his excitement about mentoring the Southfield High Team. “Innovation and community involvement are two goals shared by Nuspire and the FIRST program. Nuspire is proud to contribute to the Southfield High School Technojays program.”
For more information about the FIRST program and the Technojays contact:
Southfield High School Engineering Academy
24675 Lahser Road Southfield, MI 48033
About FIRST Robotics
FIRST’s (http://www.usfirst.org/) mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.