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The 2000 Johnson & Johnson Mid-Atlandtic Regional FIRST competition will be held at Rutgers University on March 16th, 17th, and 18th. The full address is

Rutgers University
College Avenue Gymnasium
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
(908) 445-2766

The 2000 Nationals Competition will be held at Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida, on April 6-8th.

2000 Contest Description

Teams must construct a robot that, in conjunction with a randomly selected teammate robot, must be able to pick up 13-inch black and yellow balls. These balls must be lifted six feet off the ground and placed in a trough. Each yellow ball is worth one point, while each black ball is worth five points. The robot also must be able to somehow elevate itself off of the playing field and hang onto a bar five feet above the floor. Each team's score is the number of the opponents balls, times 10. Example - If you have four yellow balls in your trough and the other team has two, you get twenty points. If you have three yellow balls in your trough and the other team has seven, they get thirty points. Rounds are two minutes long.

Each team is randomly allied with another team, with whom they must cooperate with during that round. During the round, both robots must work to accomplish the scoring goals mentioned above. Points scored by individual teams are kept track of. Every team will eventually play a round allied with every other team. Then, the top eight teams select a partner from the eliminated teams, and go at it in single-elimination rounds until two winners are selected. They go home with the laurels of victory.

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