Monday, April 30, 2007

Delaware's MOE Team Meets President Bush

Delaware's FIRST team met with President Bush today at the White House!

The Miracle Workerz, or MOE, which stands for Miracles of Engineering, is the Delaware-based team sponsored by DuPont. This year's team includes students from fourteen Delaware schools, two Pennsylvania schools and from homeschools, too.

Dean Kamen of Segway fame founded FIRST, "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology", as a way to mentor young people in science and technology and to reward them in much the way our young athletes are. With the assistance of their mentors, teenagers learn how to engineer and build a robot to compete against other robots in specially designed games each year. Some students have won scholarships to top universities due to their experiences with FIRST.

Always competing in their flourescent green tee shirts, the MOE team has had many successes since it was established in 2000. This year MOE won the FIRST Robotics Chairman's Award, the highest honor in FIRST Robotics. And they got to meet the President of the United States. Not too shabby.


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