Science And Sport Combine At FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament at SC State

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Science And Sport Combine At
FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament

- Robotics Competition Gets Students Excited About Engineering -

Who: Teams of teens from S.C, N.C. and Ga. will participate in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge Championship Tournament for an opportunity to win regional recognition for design excellence, sportsmanship, teamwork, and more, and advance to the FIRST Championship. The public is encouraged to attend, catch the excitement of this intense competition, and cheer on their favorite teams. ADMISSION IS FREE.

What: The FIRST Tech Challenge is a program that challenges young people - working with professional mentors - to design and build a robot using an innovative robotics platform. In the 2008 game, “Quad Quandary,” students’ robots place 3-inch PVC rings on movable single or paired goals, side goals, or posts, and attempt to move goals in fast-paced 2 minute and 20 second matches. Teams in the FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament will vie for awards and a spot at the FIRST Championship to be held April 17-19, 2008 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. The competition is part of FIRST, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

When: Friday, Feb. 8

8:00 a.m. Preliminary Activities - SC State Pep Band

9:00 a.m. Parade of Tech Teams - Larry Butler


Lamar Tisdale, Technology Transfer and Tech Coordinator

Welcome and Introduction of Guests

Mr. Bernie Wright
Interim Executive Director
Center of Excellence in Transportation

Opening Remarks

Dr. Leonard McIntyre, Interim President
South Carolina State University

Dr. Leola Adams, Interim Vice President
Research and Economic Development

Dr. Kenneth Lewis, Dean
College of Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technology

Honorable James E. Clyburn (Invited)
Sixth Congressional District
State of South Carolina

Paul Miller, Mayor
City of Orangeburg

Special Guests

Mrs. Martha Smith
AT & T – Columbia, SC

B.T. Martin
South Carolina Department of Education – Columbia, SC

National Anthem, SC State Pep Band

Where: Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center
James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center at SC State
CONTACT: Mr. Lamar Tisdale (803) 516-4532

Photo Opp: Students testing, tuning up, and competing with their robots. Students “driving” their robots to race around playing field. Students and professional mentors, school groups, school mascots, family, and fans cheering on teams.

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With the support of many of the world’s most well-known companies, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge for high-school students, FIRST LEGO League for children 9-14 years old, and Junior FIRST LEGO League for 6 to 9 year-olds. To learn more about FIRST, go to