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Robotics Season on the Eastern Shore Kicks Off Jan. 5

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ATLANTIC, Va.- Robotics seasons kicks off later this week as high school students from across Delmarva receive their challenge that will pit them in competition with other students from the Mid-Atlantic to across the nation.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Marine Science Consortium outside the gate of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, students from several Eastern Shore teams will gather to learn what task befalls them in the 2013 FIRST Robotics competition.

Amy Davis, FIRST Robotics coordinator at NASA Wallops, said, "Every year there are more and more students and adults on the Eastern Shore interested in robotics programs. There is a lot of excitement when these students get together to work as a team and use their ingenuity to solve the challenges placed before them. "

This year's kick-off day will include check-in from 8:30 to 9 a.m. An engineering challenge will be conducted from 9 to 10:30.  This will lead up to the live announcement of the 2013 game challenge from FIRST headquarters in Manchester, N.H.

"The kick-off day is open to the public to encourage more students in elementary, middle and high school to take part in the robotics programs in their schools and across the Shore," Davis said. "You don't have to be a member of an established robotics team to attend."

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