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MRIGlobal Hosts Open House on February 18 for Paseo’s FIRST Robotics Team

Open House for Paseo’s FIRST Robotics Team

MRIGlobal will host an open house from 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday, February 18, 2019, for the FIRST robotics team from Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. The event will take place in the MRIGlobal Mag Auditorium, 4920 Cherry St. Guests will meet the team and see the robot.

The annual event is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the auditorium, on the grounds of the MRIGlobal headquarters.

“As we celebrate our 75th year of business, we reinforce our support of STEM education and FIRST robotics,” said Thomas M. Sack, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of MRIGlobal. “We are very proud of what the Paseo students have achieved and appreciate the hard work of our staff who coach and mentor them. We look forward to seeing what their robot can do both at the open house and in the competition.”

MRIGlobal has sponsored, coached Paseo’s FIRST Robotics team since the team’s beginning in 2006, impacting the lives of approximately 150 students from Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts.

About the game

The 2019 FIRST Robotics game, DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE SM finds FIRST Robotics Competition teams collecting samples on Planet Primus. Two competing alliances will combat unpredictable terrain and weather patterns, making remote robot operation essential to their mission on the planet. With only two minutes and thirty seconds until liftoff, the alliances must gather as many cargo pods as possible and prepare their spaceships for departure before the next sandstorm arrives. See the game animation here.

Paseo’s robot will compete in the FIRST Regional Robotics Competition March 22-24 at Rockhurst High School, 9301 State Line Road, Kansas City, Missouri. The competition is free to attend.

FIRST Robotics was launched by inventor and founder, Dean Kamen. Kamen was MRIGlobal Citation recipient in 2007.

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 over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $80 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. 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 www.firstinspires.org.

About Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts: A performing arts school with a FIRST Robotics Team

Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts is a Signature School of Kansas City Public Schools with a performing arts program that includes, dance, visual arts, fashion design, graphic arts, video production, instrumental and vocal music, technical theater, creative writing and drama.

The teachers at Paseo Academy have extensive backgrounds in the arts and are dedicated to providing students with outstanding educational opportunities through a wide variety of creative experiences.

Locally and nationally celebrated writers, artists, actors, musicians and dancers provide additional instruction, with many serving as artists-in-residence, lecturers and master teachers. This training also prepares our students to successfully participate in local, regional and national performances, as well as exhibitions and arts competitions.

In addition to offering extensive training in the arts, Paseo also provides a rigorous academic program to prepare students for college and postsecondary advanced studies. Each year, graduating seniors are awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to various colleges and universities, internships and on-the-job shadowing, with many graduates receiving an Associate’s degree in addition to their high school diploma.