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Teens Build Robots to Showcase at FIRST® Robotic Competition
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, March 7, 2013 - High-school students from across Missouri and four additional states will have the opportunity to showcase their hard work after an intense six weeks of designing and building an original robot in the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition.

Next week, March 14 - 16, at Chaifetz Arena, 43 teams of students and engineering and technical Mentors will demonstrate their skill for science, mathematics, and technology. They will compete for honors and recognition that reward design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship, and high-impact partnerships between schools, businesses, and communities.

Founded by inventor Dean Kamen, who introduced the IBOT Mobility System, FIRST was created to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people, their schools, and their communities. Now in its 22nd season, the FIRST Robotics Competition expects more than 50,000 students in 16 countries around the world, including the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom to compete in 58 regional competitions.

"FIRST is a sport for the mind," said Paul Freiling, FIRST Robotics Coordinator at the Saint Louis Science Center, which is serving as the primary educational partner with FIRST Robotics. "It's a life changing experience for students, combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology." This season, participating FIRST students are eligible to apply for more than $16 million in scholarships from universities, colleges and corporations.

More than 2,000 area high school students, teachers and professional engineering mentors will participate in the St. Louis Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. The top performing teams at the St. Louis Regional competition will earn a spot at the FIRST Robotics Championship to be held April 24-27 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo. According to the CVC, last year's championship competition, also held at the Dome, had over 30,000 attendees in a single day and it brought $22 million of revenue to the city.

The 2013 game "Ultimate Ascent" is played between two Alliances of three teams each. Each Alliance competes by trying to score as many flying discs into their goals as possible during the two-minute and 15-second match. Discs scored in higher goals score Alliances more points. Matches end with robots attempting to climb up pyramids located near the middle of the field.

FIRST Robotics Competition St. Louis Regional sponsors and volunteers come from some of the most highly regarded organizations in the area, including Boeing, Emerson, MasterCard Worldwide and the Saint Louis Science Center. Sponsors provide resources including time and talent from professional mentors, services, equipment, financial contributions, and volunteers.

Law Enforcement Will Crack Down on Seat Belt Violations, March 15-31
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, March 7, 2013 - Under Missouri's Graduated Driver License Law, seat belt use is required for young drivers. It is a primary offense. Unfortunately 34 percent of Missouri teens don't buckle up. To lower that percentage, law enforcement will be out in full force March 15-31 to crack down on unbelted drivers and save lives.

One in four Missouri traffic crashes involves a young driver. Between 2010 and 2012, 243 teens (15-19) were killed in traffic crashes. Of those killed, 78 percent were unbuckled.

"Many drivers take the attitude that 'it will never happen to me,' especially teens, but fatal crashes happen every day to all types of people," said Leanna Depue, chair of the executive committee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. "Law enforcement will ticket teens who aren't buckled up."

Missouri will also continue to educate teens on the importance of buckling up through statewide seat belt programs, such Battle of the Belt and Team Spirit.

"The best way to reach teens is through their peers," said Depue. "We're asking teens to help save the lives of their friends by reminding them to buckle up every time they get in a car."

For more information visit, or find us on Facebook and Twitter at Save MO Lives.

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