ATLANTA, GA (PRWEB) September 19, 2006
Emcien, Inc. today announced it will sponsor team #1948 to this year’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League Robotics Competition Championship, the world’s premier engineering event for emerging technologists.
The FIRST LEGO League (FLL), considered the "little league" of the FIRST Robotics Competition, is the result of a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Group. FLL extends the FIRST concept of inspiring and celebrating science and technology to children aged 9 through 14, using real-world context and hands-on experimentation.
With the help of LEGO® MINDSTORMSTM Robotics Invention SystemTM technology, young participants can build a robot and compete in a friendly, FIRST-style robotics event specially designed for their age group. Using LEGO bricks and other elements such as sensors, motors, and gears, teams gain hands-on experience in engineering and computer programming principles as they construct and program their unique robot inventions.
“The FIRST Robotics Championship is the Super Bowl of Smarts,” said Russ Caldwell, Chief Technology Officer, Emcien, Inc. “It’s a terrific opportunity for middle school students to design, build, test, and compete robots. Our sponsorship gives more students opportunities to sample this unique experience and deepen relationships with teammates, educators, and engineering professionals in anticipation of their future endeavors. ” Russ Caldwell coached a team last year that won the Director’s Award, the highest award at the regional competition.
This year’s challenge is based on Nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is a new scientific frontier that will impact many facets of society, such as medicine, computers, and the environment. The nano world is 100,000 times smaller than the thickness of a single strand of hair. At the nano level, everything jumps and shakes – even solid things like tabletops. For the competition the robots compete on tasks that include individual atom manipulation, self-assembly, powering a molecular motor and operating a space elevator.
“ FIRST is creating a tremendous pipeline to the technology workforce”, said Roy Marsten, Chief Scientist. “Emcien is proud to partner with FIRST on this endeavor”.
About Emcien: http://www.emcien.com
Emcien, Inc. is a pioneer in researching product complexity reduction and its impact on manufacturing companies. Emcien’s roster of blue-chip clients has demonstrated that reducing complexity can unlock the tied up capital of your operations and the margin potential of your products. Emcien’s proven software solutions are built on patent-pending optimization technology based on more than ten years of leading-edge research and industry partnerships started at Georgia Institute of Technology. Emcien is a privately held company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and can be reached at http://www.emcien.com.
About FIRST: http://www.usfirst.org
FIRST is a multinational non-profit organization, that aspires to transform culture, making science, math, engineering, and technology as cool for kids as sports are today.
FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway Human Transporter. FIRST operates the FIRST Robotics Competition in which teams of high school students, sponsored and assisted by local companies and volunteers, design, assemble, and test a robot capable of performing a specified task in competition with other teams. FIRST also runs the FIRST LEGO League, for children 9-14 years old, and FIRST Place, an innovative science and technology center, including a hands-on children's science museum. FIRST was founded on partnerships with businesses, educational institutions and government. Many Fortune 500 companies provide funding, in-kind donations and volunteers to support the program.