DIVISION BY ZERO is a FIRST Robotics team based at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. Our team is comprised of students and faculty from Clarkson University, Massena High School, and Salmon River High School. Each year we compete in various regional and national robotic sporting events put on by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a company dedicated to inspiring high school students into technical careers. Clarkson engineering students participate to help inspire local high school students in robotics and technology. Our team is represented by the Division by Zero whirlwind logo, and our team motto and slogan.
Team 229 was started in October 1998, by Kimberly O’Toole, a freshman electrical engineering student at Clarkson and a veteran of FIRST Robotics team number 176. Students from the university volunteer their time to mentor high school students from Massena High School and Salmon River High School. We work hard to find community support by doing demonstrations of our robots at local organizations. We are also working with the local elementary schools to form a Lego league team.
FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The FIRST Robotics Competition is an exciting, multinational competition that teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. The program is a life-changing, career-molding experience-and a lot of fun.
In 2004 the competition will reach more than 20,000 students on over 900 teams in 27 competitions. Our teams come from Canada, Brazil, Great Britain, and almost every U.S. state. The competitions are high-tech spectator sporting events, the result of lots of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, project timelines, and deadlines.
FIRST aims to get highschool students excited about engineering and science. Paired up with engineers the highschoolers see them in a new light, the engineers are raised to a celebrity status, complete with autographs and picture hounders. This encourages young people to pursue a career in engineering which is more achievable then pro baskateball or football. This superbowl of smarts puts real life experience and achievable dreams within a students reach.
To learn more about the FIRST Foundation, visit their website at http://www.usfirst.org