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Who saw the FIRST article on wired.com?

Posted by bill whitley at 03/19/2001 11:42 AM EST


Student on team #70, Auto City Bandits, from Powers Catholic High School and Kettering University.



Wow! Wired screwed up. I have no idea what this 'Waterfill contest' is, but I've never heard of it before. It certainly isn't FIRST. Here is an excerpt from the article:

What you're watching is the FIRST Southern California Regional Robotics Competition on NASA TV.

The competition pits 49 robots against each other in a battle royale that will eventually send three robots to the national championships in Florida in early April.

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) program is a competition designed to give high school students hands-on experience in robotics engineering.

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This year's contest is called the Waterfill Contest. The goal of the competition is for each robot to find a way to move between 2 and 2.2 liters of water from a supply tank to a receptacle tank placed one meter away.

The contestants will be given five minutes to set up their robots, after which the only contact each team can have with its robot will be to initiate movement. No remote control mechanisms can be used and the robot can receive no assistance from a team member.

The three fastest robots to fill the receptacle tank, with the required amount of water, will be off to Florida for the national championships.

In order to accomplish the task, each team is assigned a mentor engineer from NASA who helps them come up with ideas for the design and construction of the robot and then helps them build the final model. This helps to achieve one of the goals of the project, which is to give students an idea of what it is like to actually work in the field.

...

The competition has become a nationwide event since it began 11 years ago under the guidance of Dean Kamen, inventor of the recent news-grabbing invention Ginger. This year, there will be 13 regional competitions -- four take place this weekend -- which will involve 530 teams.



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Re: Who saw the FIRST article on wired.com?

Posted by Jeff W. at 03/19/2001 11:56 AM EST


Student on team #419, RAMBOTS, from Boston College High School and Don't think we actually have a sponsor.


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Posted by bill whitley on 03/19/2001 11:42 AM EST:



What is going on here?? That person is the biggest ninny i've seen so far. Hey Anton and Mike, you got competition now.
Someone better tell him that he's a ninny and should correct the stuff that he wrote.

Ninny Jeff
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Sounds familiar

Posted by Kevin Sevcik at 03/19/2001 2:32 PM EST


Other on team #57, Leopards, from BT Washington and the High School for Engineering Professions and Exxon, Kellog Brown & Root, Powell Electrical.


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Posted by Jeff W. on 03/19/2001 11:56 AM EST:



I KNOW I've seen this waterfill thing somewhere before. Obviously it's not FIRST, but I know it's an actual competition. It involves build some kind of mechanical device to move the water around. Not a robot, but more like a Rube Goldberg type thing. Can't really think of a proper name for it, but apparently the author has gotten it and FIRST mixed up somehow.

What's really funny is that the guy obviously never even bothered to tune in to NASA TV to see what was going on. I wonder if he'll correct the article if we all e-mail him.

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Next Years Game??? (EOM)

Posted by Jason Leslie at 03/19/2001 5:19 PM EST


Other on team #157, Aztechs, from Assabet Valley RTHS Alumni (Class of 1998) and .


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Next Years game leaked out lol


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E-mail the author...

Posted by Steve Prairie at 03/19/2001 3:11 PM EST


Student on team #173, RAGE, from Rockville High School and UTRC.


In Reply to: Who saw the FIRST article on wired.com?
Posted by bill whitley on 03/19/2001 11:42 AM EST:



Obviously someone needs to set this guy straight...maybe all of us.

Here's the e-mail address they give for sending comments about the article: mailto:newsfeedback@wired.com?subject=Getting Raucous Over Robots


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STOP E-MAILING!

Posted by Kevin Sevcik at 03/19/2001 7:36 PM EST


Other on team #57, Leopards, from BT Washington and the High School for Engineering Professions and Exxon, Kellog Brown & Root, Powell Electrical.


In Reply to: Who saw the FIRST article on wired.com?
Posted by bill whitley on 03/19/2001 11:42 AM EST:



Sorry to shout, but I wanted to get everyone's attention. I e-mail Wired.com about the article, and here's the reply I got:

I have already corrected the story and it will soon be back up on the Web site... The press release I got from the JPL had links to rules information that was incorrect, hence the erroneous information in the story. Thank you for the feedback and the revised
story should be up on the site soon.

Thanks,

Jeffrey Terraciano
Wired News
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Re: STOP E-MAILING!

Posted by Matt Ryan at 03/19/2001 8:58 PM EST


Student on team #69, HYPER, from Quincy Public Schools and Gillette.


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Unfortunately, those who saw the story now have the wrong idea of what FIRST is about.

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