SOURCE: GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

April 16, 2008 16:28 ET

GREENGUARD Sponsors Local Green Robotics Team

Westminster's WiredCats Compete in Global Robotics Championship

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - April 16, 2008) - GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI), the nation's largest certifier of emissions from building products and furnishings, has become a primary sponsor of Atlanta's own Westminster Schools Robotics team, The WiredCats. First formed in 2007 to compete in the 2008 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), the team has adopted the 'Go Green' motto and their GreenBot has won them entrance into the 2008 FIRST Championship at the Georgia World Congress Center, April 17 - 19, 2008.

"We are very excited about our local team making this prestigious global championship," stated Dr. Marilyn Black, Founder of GEI. "This rookie team getting to the finals, while subscribing to green practices is a testament to their creative design and hard work, and demonstrates that being green does not mean having to compromise performance or cost."

Each competing team works from a set of common robotic parts, common guidelines, and the problem that their robot will have to solve in the competition. The teams then have just six weeks to build and ship their life size robot to the regional sites. The competition brings together the practical application of science and technology and the excitement of a championship-sporting event. This year's competition is based on attaining a higher score than your opponent by making counter-clockwise laps with your robot around the TRACK (a 54 foot x 27 foot rounded rectangle) while moving large TRACKBALLS over and/or under the OVERPASS that bisects the TRACK. With a weight limit of 120 pounds, these life-size robots need to be crafted and planned with great skill and creativity.

The 2008 FIRST Championship will feature 343 high school teams coming from as far away as Brazil and Israel. Each of the teams had to advance through one of 33 regional competitions to qualify for the final championship. With 1,125 teams and 28,000 students competing, a birth in the finals was not easy.

The WiredCats have adopted the recycle, replace, and reuse methodology for their team because it reflects their commitment to the environment and their desire to bring the 'green' message to the education community. GREENGUARD Environmental Institute is supplying financial aid and technical assistance to the team. Through this sponsorship OMNOVA Solutions, Inc., the first GREENGUARD Certified Wallcovering Manufacturer is providing some of their ECORE wallcovering product to help liven up their GreenBot looks -- you can see more about this product at //www.omnova.com/ecore/. You can visit the WiredCats team site to learn more about them at www.wiredcats2415.com

About GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI)

Founded in 2001, GEI is an industry independent, non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification Program. The Institute's mission is to protect human health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air that people breathe. As an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer, GEI establishes acceptable standards for building materials, interior products, electronic equipment, indoor environments and buildings. The over 150,000 certified products that are GREENGUARD Certified must meet stringent, third party standards for low chemical emissions based on established health standards and undergo rigorous testing and verification processes on a regular basis. GREENGUARD Certification is broadly recognized and accepted by a number of "green" building programs, including the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED® program. An online guide of GREENGUARD Certified products is available at no charge at www.greenguard.org.

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 the support of many of the world's most well-known companies, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge for high-school students, the FIRST LEGO League for children 9 to 14 years old, and the Junior FIRST LEGO League for 6 to 9 year olds. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.

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