BU Academy and O’Bryant School of Math and Science Students Prepare Robot for National Competition

Contact: Pam Fishman, 781/729-7631 or pfishman@mediaone.net.

Boston, MA — Students from both Boston University Academy and the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science will unveil the robot they’ve been building together for the past six weeks on Tuesday, February 19th, at the Photonics Center at Boston University at 10 a.m. Following the unveiling, the robot will be packed up and sent to New Haven, Connecticut, where it will compete in the opening round of the national robot competition held by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

The BU Academy and O’Bryant students have built their robot with the help and tutelage of several Boston University students, professors from the BU College of Arts and Science and College of Engineering, and volunteer professional engineers. They have had a six-week time limit to design and construct a robot that can compete effectively within the FIRST game rules and also work out a game strategy comprehensive enough to cover a range of possible competition scenarios.

While the students hope they might win the national competition – in which over 600 teams compete – FIRST’s chief goal is to give young people the opportunity to experience first-hand the excitement and limitless possibilities of science and technology.

The robot unveiling is free and open to the public. The Boston University College of Engineering will host the event. For additional information, please contact Pam Fishman at 781/729-7631 or pfishman@mediaone.net.
EVENT: Robot Unveiling: BU Academy and John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science students display the robot they’ve made to compete in the national “FIRST” robotic games.
DATE: Tuesday, February 19, 2002
TIME: 10 a.m. – 12 noon
PLACE: Boston University Photonics Center, Room 539 8 Saint Mary’s Street Boston, Massachusetts 02215