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Offered by:  Representatives Klein of East Montpelier, Ainsworth of Royalton, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Crawford of Burke, French of Randolph, Grenier of St. Johnsbury and Hutchinson of Randolph

Whereas, Dean Kamen established the FIRST Robotics Competition to encourage secondary school students to pursue careers in science and technology, and

Whereas, in 2008, 37,000 students, competing on 1,500 teams, and coming from eight nations, including Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, including all 50 states, participated in this unusual international educational experience, and

Whereas, on the first Saturday in January, the FIRST competition posted a challenge on the Internet, and the teams were then given six weeks to work with professional mentors and parent volunteers to construct a robot that would represent a team at one of the regional competitions, and

Whereas, the 2008 challenge was a game entitled “Overdrive” that consisted of two alliances, red and blue, that was each composed of three teams, and

Whereas, the game’s objective was for each alliance to score points in different ways as the robots traveled counterclockwise around a large circular track, either each time the robots crossed the finish line, herding 40”-diameter track balls over the finish line, or if robots hurled the track balls over the overpass that was located six and one-half feet above the finish line, and

Whereas, two Vermont teams, The Green Team #885 and IBOTS #2370, participated in the 2008 FIRST BAE Granite State regional competition in Manchester, New Hampshire, and

Whereas, the Green Team #885 was based at Vermont Technical Center in Randolph, included 20 students ages 12–18 who reside in nine central Vermont communities, and they attend 11 different schools, including Barre Town Elementary School, East Montpelier Elementary School, Hartford Memorial Middle School, Hartford High School, Randolph Union High School, Sharon Academy, South Royalton High School, Spaulding High School, U-32 High School, Websterville Baptist School, and Williamstown High School, and it received sponsorship support from Vermont Technical College, Norwich University, the Richard E. & Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation, John Abele, Connor Contracting, Inc., SynEcology, Mansfield Heliflight, Inc., Vermont Space Grant Consortium, and Community Partnership of Orange and Windsor Counties, and

Whereas, IBOTS #2370, a Rutland area team, received sponsorship support from General Electric and Alderman Chevrolet, and

Whereas, the St. Johnsbury Academy #2538 team, competed in the 2008 First Connecticut regional competition in Hartford, Connecticut, and it received sponsorship support from NASA, Norwich University, Fairhaven Crowne, IBM, Hazelett Strip Casting, and P.G. Adams, and

Whereas, although none of the three Vermont teams was selected to continue to the international finals in Atlanta, Georgia, all three performed with distinction, and

Whereas, Vermont students who participated in the 2008 FIRST competition demonstrated their robots in the state house, and onlookers were impressed with the student’s technical skills and dedication, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the 2008 FIRST robotics competition teams from Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each of the three Vermont teams and to Dean Kamen in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont