Forces in Motion

What can the power of the wind, magnets and robotics do for you? Find out as you compete against other individuals and groups to see who can keep their motion-related designs flying longer, racing faster or shooting straighter. Then head to our "Drop Zone" and use the motion analyzer to check out the effects of gravity on various objects in super slow motion. If it moves, we've got it covered.


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  • H.A. Vance Foundation
  • Marjorie E. Morrissey
  • TRUMPF Inc.
  • Len and Robyn Wolman
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    Forces in Motion

    Rock Star Robotics?

    The FIRST Robotics competition takes robot design to rock concert levels of excitement. Each year more than a thousand teams compete to master a new design challenge. During the national finals, thousands of fans gather to cheer their robot to victory.

    Inventor Dean Kamen (inventor of the Segway and other devices) created the competition in 1992 to promote engineering to high school students. The contest, based on Dr. Woodie Flowers’ Mechanical Engineering course at MIT, has become a national event involving thousands of students of all ages. The Junior FIRST LEGO League involves students age 6 to 9. The FIRST LEGO League is for students 9 to 14. And finally, the first Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition engage high-school age students. Teams are judged not only on their score in the game, but on design excellence, teamwork and ability to overcome obstacles.

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