Micron mentors will join high school teams from Idaho and Virginia in the 2008 FIRST Robotics national championships in Atlanta, Ga., April 17-19. The "Tater Bots" robot from Dehryl Dennis Professional Technical Center in Idaho and the "Robocats" robot from Battlefield High School in Virginia are two of the 500 entries competing on six fields in the Georgia Dome for the annual engineering competition's grand prize.
The FIRST ("For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology") Robotics competition is a nationwide program of 37,000 students on 1,500 teams. High school students and their volunteer mentors are tasked with building a robot that must compete against other robots in a series of competitive challenges. The program helps students develop a strong work ethic and the skills necessary to pursue a career in engineering, while also doing something students and mentors enjoy. Each year, the Micron Foundation sponsors FIRST Robotics teams as part of its mission to develop programs that promote math, science and engineering education and support activities in the communities where Micron team members live and work.