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Amazing Kids! is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!

Each month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing things.  We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements. 

Amazing Kids! of the Month for November, 1999: 
Bob Jones High School/DaimlerChrysler Electronics FIRST Robotics Team & the Johnson Elementary Team 203 FIRST Lego League!
Check out the amazing robots built by these aspiring engineers! 

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The FIRST VCU/Langley Robotics competition in Richmond, Virginia will be broadcast on NASA TV on Saturday, March 18, 2000, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. EST.

The entire national competition (in Orlando, Florida at the Epcot Center) will be broadcast on April 7-8.  The times are:  April 7 from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST, and on April 8 from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST 

The national competition will also be accessible via the Internet using real media at:

This month, Amazing Kids!  is proud to feature the amazing engineering work of the students from Bob Jones High School and Johnson Elementary in Madison, Alabama.  These amazing students actually built their very own robots, with the help of some very special mentors, the amazing engineers at DaimlerChrysler Electronics in Huntsville, Alabama!

Bob Jones High School/DaimlerChrysler Electronics FIRST Robotics Team &
Johnson Elementary Team 203 FIRST Lego League

What a breathtaking adventure!  Imagine the challenge of building your own robot, designing your own plans, and using 3-D computer graphics to record your journey!  Sound like a high-tech project for brilliant professional engineers?  Guess again!  This amazing opportunity is also available for students! 

Some amazing high school students from Bob Jones High School in Madison, Alabama, partnered with mentor engineers from DaimlerChrysler Electronics in Huntsville, Alabama, to form a robotics team as part of the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) program ( 

#34 - The Bob Jones High DaimlerChrysler Robot!

What Is FIRST?

Founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen, the mission of US FIRST was to encourage students in America to get involved in the exciting fields of engineering and technology. The annual robotics competition was inspired by an engineering design course at Massachusetts Institute of Technology created by Professor Woodie Flowers. 

The purpose of the robot competition is to give students opportunities to interact with engineers so they can start to see the connection between their learning in the classroom, and the real world. By working closely together, both the students and the engineers benefit. In addition to the robot competition, two other awards are given to students: an Autodesk computer graphic award and the Chairman’s Award  that is given for the best documentation of the entire six-week process. 

Students who compete become involved in a wide range of activities which give them exposure to some of the realities of the working world. The program is backed by the professional association ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers).

Some Amazing Future Engineers...

With only 6 weeks to build an actual working robot, the students and mentors on this amazing team had a big goal to accomplish! To start, they were given a box of “parts” and a specific task for the robot to accomplish.  The students, teachers, and engineers on the team met together for some brainstorming strategies. 

The Amazing Bob Jones High/DaimlerChrysler Team!

Talk about "hands-on" experience, and seeing how their work fits into the real-world!  Students had to use every skill they have learned in physics, mathematics, electricity, welding, graphics, programming, and mechanics to “out-power” their opponent robots.  Ingenuity, creativity, perseverance -- students must possess them all. 

Participants in the 1999 Competition in Orlando, Florida

The FIRST program originated with the purpose of generating excitement about science, math, and technology, and at least in the eyes of Bob Jones High School and Johnson Elementary students they have succeeded!  Students are immersed into the engineering world and emerge with a better understanding of possible scientific/technical careers.  Teachers benefit by being exposed to the needs of the business world and by gaining a renewed interest in encouraging students to develop problem-solving skills.

Discussing the "Plan" before the competition...

The amazing students at Bob Jones High School have even become mentors themselves!  This year, in addition to entering their robot in regional and national competitions, they have taken on the enormous task of coordinating a state FIRST LEGO League competition!  Several area teams (and even teams from Florida and Virginia) of elementary and middle schools, including Johnson Elementary, will test their LEGO robots in a state contest hosted by the Bob Jones High School students at the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center on December 4, 1999. 

The Amazing Girls from the Bob Jones High Team!

These dedicated high school students have volunteered countless hours of their time after school for several weeks to provide guidance to some of the junior robotics teams and to plan the Alabama competition.  Way to go, team!

For more information about the FIRST Robotics Competition, the FIRST LEGO League, or Bob Jones High School, visit the following web sites.  Who knows?  Maybe someday you'll  build a robot too! 

FIRST Robotics Competition:


Bob Jones High School:

Home Pages by other FIRST Competition Teams:

List of Teams in the 1999 FIRST Robotics Competition:

Read about FIRST Place, an exciting new science and technology facility created by FIRST, in Manchester, New Hampshire:

Amazing Engineering and Robotics Websites!

Below is the list of engineering and robotics websites, as recommended by the FIRST website: 

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Definitions of Words

*Engineering: "the science or profession of developing and using nature's power and resources in ways that are useful to people (as in designing and building roads, bridges, dams, or machines and in creating new products)" 

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*Brainstorming:"a technique used to solve problems and encourage creativity in which members of a group share their ideas about a subject "

Definition from Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary at:

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*Programming:"the design and production of computer programs"

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*Ingenuity:  "skill or cleverness in discovering, inventing, or planning"

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*Persevere: "to keep at something in spite of difficulties, opposition, or discouragement" 

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A Special Message from Amazing Kids! for all you kids:

It's no secret...every person has an "amazing-ness" inside of them, just waiting to be discovered.  (Sometimes we just need a little help in finding out what that "amazing-ness" is!) 

If you are doing some amazing things too, we want to hear about it!  Send us your stories about your amazing accomplishments, so we can tell the world just how amazing you are!  We are always looking for new stories.  And don't be shy!  We'd love to hear from you!

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If you know someone who needs a little encouragement, why not tell them what you think is special about them?  Maybe you can be the one to help them uncover their own special talents! 

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Send us your stories, so we might be able to feature you too someday!   Please be patient, and we will do our best to tell your story some day -- hopefully soon! 

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