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Mar. 8, 2006
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Governor to speak at FIRST Robotics competition at EMU Convocation Center

YPSILANTI - Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm will be the special guest at the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics regional competition March 10 at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center.

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The FIRST competition teams high school students with adult engineers and mentors to design and build a robot that will compete against other robots in a specifically designed task. Approximately 100 teams will compete in the two-day event. More than 4,000 high school students will attend.

“The FIRST Robotics program, and the hands-on educational and mentoring experience it provides, is key to developing future great innovators, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs from our state,” said Robert W. Swanson, acting director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, the leading sponsor of the regional competitions in Michigan. “The state of Michigan, in partnership with high-tech companies, is committed to making an investment in the state’s future workforce. These young people, their mentors and FIRST alumni, help enrich a skilled and high-tech workforce in Michigan that’s among the best in the nation.”

Granholm, in support of her goal to mold Michigan into the nation’s leading technology, R&D and engineering region, will speak at the event March 10. The event is free and open to the public.

FIRST was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people, their schools and communities.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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