New England Youth Set to Compete at FIRST LEGO League Competition

INTEL Sponsors RoboNautica Event at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

Worcester, MA - February 28, 2002-- FIRST LEGO League teams from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and even Pennsylvania are slated to compete at RoboNautica, a competition sponsored by Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday, March 2.

"We expected to see a number of teams from Massachusetts, but we're delighted to see accomplished teams from several other states!" said Michael Sherman, RoboNautica's organizer. The competition begins at Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (WPI) Harrington Auditorium at 8 a.m. on Saturday. "The teams compete and have a terrific time, and at this event, they also have the opportunity to help the AIDS Project Worcester," explained Sherman. "Veteran Lego Leaguers will tell you that with each passing year, their collection of unused LEGO parts piles up in closets and attics. We've encouraged teams to donate their unused LEGOs to APW. We're expecting a mountain of LEGOs."

Intel Corporation is sponsoring the RoboNautica competition with WPI.

"This program is a great step toward helping middle school students enjoy the world of engineering. It underscores the message that math and science are important subjects in which to excel," said Robert W. Richardson, East Coast Education Program Manager.

Attendance to watch the competition is free of charge, and families are welcome.

"This is a great event for families, especially those with children in grades K through 5," said Sherman. "Its very rewarding to see how excited the kids get about creating the robots and running them through their paces."

Information about the competition is available at www.wpi.edu/+robonautica or email robonautica@wpi.edu.

About Intel Corporation

The Intel Innovation in Education initiative is a global, multi-million dollar effort to help realize the possibilities of science and technology in education. The goal is to prepare today's teachers and students for tomorrow's demands. Intel develops and supports education programs that help meet the needs of students and communities worldwide through improving science, math, engineering and technology education; improving education through the effective use of technology in classrooms; and broadening access to technology and technical careers.

Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.

About First LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League is a program for children aged 9 through 14. Using LEGO Mindstorms technology, teams of seven to 10 members build a robot and compete in friendly events designed especially for their age group. They use LEGO "elements" such as bricks, sensors, motors and gears, and gain hands-on experience in engineering and computer programming principles as they construct and program their unique inventions.

While the tournaments decide who built the best robot, their true purpose is to recognize and celebrate those achievements of the team that are far more important than how many points were scored.

Awards are given for excellence in teamwork, creative thinking, design skills, overcoming obstacles, communication, research, and leadership among others. The most prestigious award is the Director's Award given to the team that best demonstrates respect, encouragement, and continued gracious professionalism in the heat of competition, both in and out of the arena.

About WPI

WPI is a pioneer in technological higher education, and is recognized as one of the leading outcomes-oriented undergraduate programs preparing people for success in our technological world. Since its founding in 1865, WPI has broadened and perfected an influential curriculum that balances theory and practice.

This innovative and unique combination of educational methods, learning environment and a worldwide network of project centers is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, WPI supports the academic and research pursuits of over 2,500 students and 200 faculty pursuing opportunities to blend technological research and practice with societal needs, delivering meaningful real-world benefits.

For over a century, WPI has awarded advanced degrees in the sciences and engineering disciplines, as well as the management of technology and business. Our alumni include Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry; Harold Black, inventor of the principle of negative-feedback; Carl Clark, inventor of the first practical airbag safety system; Dean Kamen, inventor of the first wearable drug infusion pump; and many others who contribute to the transformation of our technological world.

What: RoboNautica - First LEGO League Competition
When: Saturday, March 2 - registration begins at 8 - competition through 4 p.m.
Where: Harrington Auditorium, WPI Worcester Campus
Information and Registration: www.wpi.edu/+robonautica or email robonautica@wpi.edu
Spectator Attendance: FREE