Volunteers sought for S.C. high school robotics competition

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

ORANGEBURG, SC – The James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center at SC State is seeking volunteers to work at the South Carolina Championship Tournament of the FIRST Vex Challenge robotics Competition in February 2007.

Fifty volunteers will be needed to serve in supporting roles, including event judges, referees, registration volunteers, inspectors, score keepers, set-up crew, break-down crew and floor monitors.

The robotics competition – which is sponsored by SC State, the James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center and FIRST Robotics – will be held on Friday, February 2, 2007, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center on the SC State campus.

The FIRST Vex Challenge is a mid-level robotics competition for high school students. It offers the challenge of a traditional FIRST Robotics Competition, an exciting multi-national competition that teams professionals and young people to solve engineering design problems in an intense and competitive way. However, the FIRST Vex Challenge employs a more accessible and affordable robotics kit than the FIRST Robotics Competition.

For additional information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Lamar Tisdale at (803) 536-8863 or ltisdale@scsu.edu.

The goal of the James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center (JECUTC) is to assist federal, state and local agencies in meeting their goals to develop a highly skilled workforce to meet the future needs in transportation. A major focus of JECUTC’s intermodal research, education and technology transfer programs is recruitment and training of minorities and women for tomorrow’s transportation workforce.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by Segway® Personal Transporter inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, N.H., the not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. FIRST provides two well-known programs, the FIRST Robotics Competition for high school students and FIRST LEGO® League for 9- to 14-year-olds. FIRST also offers the Junior FIRST LEGO® League for 6- to 9-year-olds and the FIRST Vex® Challenge, also for high school students.