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Kamen kicks off latest robotics competition

January 5, 2009
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MANCHESTER, N.H.—Robots battling each other on a field that simulates the moon's gravity? If it sounds a little crazy, that's just what Dean Kamen has in mind.

Kamen helped kickoff the annual FIRST Robotics Competition in Manchester on Saturday. This year, nearly 1,700 student teams from the United States and 10 foreign countries will build robots to compete in Lunacy, a game that will be played on a 54-by-27 foot low-friction field that simulates the moon's surface.

About 600 high school students and their mentors attended the competition's start to get a look at the field and hear from Kamen, who described his goal of encouraging young people to create solutions to the world's problems.

Kamen told participants that the world is a mess and that they need to fix it.

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Information from: New Hampshire Union Leader, http://www.unionleader.com

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