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<p class=MsoNormal><span class=SpellE><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Botball</span></font></span><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'> </span></font><st1:place><st1:City><font
  size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Northern</span></font></st1:City><font
 size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'> </span></font><st1:State><font
  size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Cal</span></font></st1:State></st1:place><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'> regional
tournament is April 17 in </span></font><st1:City><st1:place><font size=2
  face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Santa Clara</span></font></st1:place></st1:City><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>.<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'>&nbsp; </span>This is an artificial intelligence
contest for high school students and it is great fun to watch.<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'>&nbsp; </span>Unlike idiotic remote-control
I-blow-you-up robot contests seen on TV, here the participants push a button
and from then on the robots are autonomous.<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'>&nbsp; </span>The robots are built with standardized
hardware and software libraries to even the chances<span class=GramE>;<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'>&nbsp; </span>the</span> student teams put together
the robots and write algorithms in C programming language.<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>Information is at <a
href="http://amesnews.arc.nasa.gov/releases/2004/04_33AR.html">http://amesnews.arc.nasa.gov/releases/2004/04_33AR.html</a><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>Final rounds start at </span></font><st1:time Hour="14"
Minute="30"><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:
 Arial'>2:30pm</span></font></st1:time><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>.<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'>&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>Mark<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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