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In the early nineties, one man, an inventor named Dean Kamen founded For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, an organization designed to create a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes. There are three FIRST robotics teams in Kentucky. Team number 2783, Engineers of Tomorrow, is based in Oldham County, and has been working since May on various machine shop projects to gain experience for their rookie competition season. The average cost to register, build a robot and participate in a regional event is $20,000. In November, they received a $6,000 grant from NASA.
The 2009 FRC season began Jan. 3, when teams around the world received a description of the challenge and a basic kit of parts to implement into a robot. The game is an intense match between two alliances of three teams who work to complete a series of tasks on a playing field during three-minute rounds. The robots are limited to 120 pounds, and must be designed, built and tested in six weeks before shipping to the team’s regional competition location, Purdue University.
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