Norgren announced it has been recognized as a ‘Gold’ level contributor to the FIRST Robotics Organization for its donation of pneumatic valves and regulators. The FIRST Colorado Regional competition took place at the University of Denver Ritchie Center Thursday, March 25, 2010, through Saturday, March 27, 2010.
Since 2006 Norgren has contributed pneumatic regulators and valves to FIRST Robotics. This year the competition, called Breakaway™ involved designing and building a robot to direct soccer balls into goals, traverse “bumps” in the field, suspend themselves on towers, and/or go through a tunnel located in the center of the field. Most teams utilized pneumatics to create the kicking mechanisms on their robots.
Robert Guerra, President, Norgren Americas states, “Norgren is dedicated to the development of young scientific minds. We share the desire of the FIRST Organization to inspire students to innovate and become technology leaders in the field of pneumatics and fluid control.
FIRST Robotics is the largest organization of its kind, encouraging high school students from all over the world to form teams and create robots to compete each year for global recognition. This year the competition included more than 45,000 high school students creating over 1800 teams hailing from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Herzegovina, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, Turkey and the UK, as well as 48 states in the US. There will be 44 Regional/State championships which will culminate with the FIRST Championship in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome April 15-17, 2010.