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Newark element14 Sponsoring Teens in Robotics Contest

CHICAGO — Leading electronics technology distributor Newark element14 announced it has donated components and tools to help Team Ursa Major to complete its entry into the 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition. This is the second consecutive year that the distributor has sponsored the Hammond High team, located in Maryland’s Howard County.

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Competition was started in 1989 by well-known inventor Dean Kamen to motivate and encourage students to learn leadership skills and pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering. This year’s challenge, “Rebound Rumble”, was launched on January 17th and gives competing teams just six weeks to design, build, and program a robot to collect and shoot basketballs. For Team Ursa Major, the first of several rounds of challenge “playoffs” begin on March 8-10 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

“We’re proud to support the goals of FIRST and invite all the teams to use the resources of our engineering community to advance their projects,” said Quintin Komaromy, Senior VP, Marketing, Newark element14. “element14 provides access to a wide range of technical information, expertise, products and services within a collaborative online environment. They can even find a download of a recent Dean Kamen webinar on innovation that we sponsored.”

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