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WPI Sponsors Exciting FIRST LEGO League® RoboNautica 5 Ocean Odyssey Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/December 9, 2005
Contact: WPI Media Relations, +1-508-831-5609

What

More than 300, 9- to 14-year-olds will be competing with their LEGO-robotic creations in RoboNautica 5, an official Massachusetts FIRST LEGOŽ League (FLL) tournament at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After weeks of research, design, and practice, the youngsters will see whose robot prevails in this year's game, "Ocean Odyssey," which challenges teams to take action to ensure the health, diversity, and productivity of the world's oceans.

The LEGO robots will perform numerous "Ocean Odyssey" missions, including freeing a dolphin, placing an artificial reef, practicing responsible fishing, preventing pollution, locating a sunken ship, and repairing an underwater line. The participants will also research and present a project about mounting problems in the oceans, and provide possible solutions. The event is sponsored by Raytheon NCS.

FLL challenges tens of thousands of students worldwide to compete in teams and resolve problems faced by scientists and engineers conducting research in assistive technology. It introduces these young people to the fun and excitement of science and technology while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was created by Segway entrepreneur Dean Kamen (a member of the WPI Class of 1973) to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

Who

The 48 student teams competing in RoboNautica 5 hail from Connecticut, New York, Vermont and the following Massachusetts cities and towns:

Acton, Agawam, Barnstable, Blackstone, Boston, Boylston, Chelmsford, Chestnut Hill, Clinton, Groton, Holden, Ipswich, Lawrence, Leicester, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Longmeadow, Lunenburg, Marlborough, Monson, Newton, North Andover, Northbridge, Northborough, Norwell, Reading, Roxbury, Rutland, Quincy, Salisbury, Sharon, Shrewsbury, South Boston, Southborough, Stow, Sutton, Uxbridge, Westborough, West Boylston, West Springfield, and Worcester

When

Saturday, December 17, 2005, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Harrington Auditorium
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Mass.

Cost

Free

For more information, please visit the Robonautica Web site.