Innovation First & TSA Form Partnership

** The Technology Student Association (TSA) and Innovation First International Announce a Partnership to Introduce a Signature Robotics Competition Using the VEX Robotics Design System **

                                                                                                *Competition to Further Stimulate Middle School and High School        Student Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics        (STEM)*
 
                                                                                  GREENVILLE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Innovation First International, creators of the largest and fastest        growing middle and high school robotics program, and the Technology        Student Association (TSA), a national organization dedicated to        increasing technological literacy in middle school and high school        students, today announced the creation of a national robotics        competition that will bring Innovation First’s VEX Robotics Design        System to 150,000 TSA students across the country.     

        The TSA VEX Robotics Competition will provide students with a hands-on        co-curricular competition for learning about science, technology,        engineering and mathematics (STEM) and will complement the existing        technology-related competitions offered by TSA. TSA VEX Robotics        tournaments will be conducted in conjunction with the organization’s        state conferences beginning in spring 2010 in approximately ten states        followed by a championship event at the National TSA Conference in        Baltimore, Maryland, which will be held on June 28 through July 2, 2010.        TSA anticipates additional states will host events in the 2010-2011        school year.     

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Innovation_First_and_TSA-Partnership-11192009.pdf (62.3 KB)

This video was taken last summer at the VEX Robotics display at the national TSA conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9sddG9vto. It was a game similar to Clean Sweep played one-on-one on an 8-foot field. TSA members had the chance to drive these two robots, while on a nearby 12x12 field some VRC teams were playing Elevation. You can see some more pictures and a little discussion in this thread starting at post 10.