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ASIMO to Make Its St. Louis Debut at the 2011 FIRST® Championship April 28-30

Thursday, April 21, 2011

ASIMO to Make Its St. Louis Debut at the 2011 FIRST® Championship April 28-3009:00 EDT Thursday, April 21, 2011 (Business Wire) -- Honda: Honda's ASIMO humanoid robot will appear at the 2011 FIRST Championship for the first time. Demonstrations of the world's most advanced humanoid robot will take place April 28-30 in St. Louis. (Photo: Business Wire) WHAT:   For the first time, Honda will be bringing ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot, to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship. Honda will conduct 15-minute demonstrations of ASIMO's capabilities including walking forward and backward, running nearly 4 mph, climbing stairs and more.   The general public, along with all FIRST participants and attendees, are encouraged to attend the free ASIMO demonstrations. This is the first time ASIMO will visit the St. Louis area and the first year FIRST will hold its annual robotics Championship in the city as well.   ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, is a culmination of more than two decades of research and development of Honda engineers. Designed to someday assist people in their homes, ASIMO is being used today to encourage and inspire young students to consider studies in math and science.   WHEN:Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 2910 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m.   Saturday, April 309 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon   WHERE: America's Center Convention Complex, Second Level Atrium (adjacent to the Edward Jones Dome) 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, Mo. 63101   MEDIA: Media are invited to the first demonstration on Thursday, April 28 at 10 a.m. ASIMO spokespeople will be on hand for Q&A. There will also be special photo/video opportunities with the robot following the demo. If media cannot attend at this time, they are invited to cover any of the other demo times.   Media must RSVP by Wed., April 27 to receive credentials.   WHAT ELSE: Honda is a 2011 FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) Sponsor and supports the mission of the not-for-profit organization. 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.   CONTACT: Lauren Ebner, lauren_ebner@ahm.honda.com, 310-781-5542 Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=6692179&lang=en HondaLauren Ebner, 310-781-5542lauren_ebner@ahm.honda.com