Students from Martinsville, VA Win Spots at World Robotics Championship

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Students from Martinsville, VA Win Spots at World Robotics Championship

Mentored by Eastman Employees, the Martinsville Robotics Team Wins the State Competition in Richmond, VA
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Mentored by @EastmanChemCo employees, students from Martinsville, VA win spots at World Robotics Championship.
Monday, March 25, 2013 - 4:00pm
After a two-day tournament in Richmond that tested their teamwork and ingenuity, students from the Martinsville area have won the right to compete at the FIRST world robotics championship.

This year’s contest, Ultimate Ascent, challenged teams to design and build remote controlled robots that could fling Frisbee-type discs through targets. Robots that could climb pyramids on the competition field earned extra points.

Eastman Performance Film’s employees from Martinsville Operations, Jaime Li and Robert Hatchett, mentored the student teams.

Based on scores from a grueling series of qualifying and elimination matches at the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Virginia Regional, a three-team alliance emerged victorious and members will go on to compete in St. Louis in late April:

  • The “Midlocanics,” based at Midlothian High School, which also includes students from several other Chesterfield County schools
  • “Builders of Tomorrow,” from Franklin High School in Franklin, Va.
  • “the STAGS,” from Piedmont Governors School for Mathematics, Science and Technology in Martinsville, Va.

The FRC Virginia Regional brought together 65 teams from Virginia and five eastern states. VCU’s Siegel Center played host to the event for the 14th year. More than 3,000 students, supporters and spectators turned out over the two day event to cheer on contestants.

About FIRST:

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $16 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO®League (FLL® ) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to

About VirginiaFIRST:

VirginiaFIRST is a regional non-profit affiliate of FIRST. Its mission is to make the FIRST Vision and Mission a reality for every young person in Virginia. To learn more about VirginiaFIRST, go to



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