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first

1. preceding all others in numbering or counting order; the ordinal number of one. Often written: 1st
2. denoting the lowest forward ratio of a gearbox in a motor vehicle
3. Music
a. denoting the highest part assigned to one of the voice parts in a chorus or one of the sections of an orchestra
b. denoting the principal player in a specific orchestral section
4. Education chiefly Brit an honours degree of the highest class
5. the lowest forward ratio of a gearbox in a motor vehicle; low gear
6. Music
a. the highest part in a particular section of a chorus or orchestra
b. the instrument or voice taking such a part
c. the chief or leading player in a section of an orchestra; principal
7. Music a rare word for prime

FIRST

Abbrev. for Far Infrared and Submillimeter Space Telescope. An orbiting telescope under design for ESA and at present scheduled for launch in 2007. It will be used primarily for interstellar spectroscopic studies. FIRST is at present considered to be a 4.5-meter radiatively cooled infrared (Cassegrain) telescope. It will feed two or three instruments working at wavelengths from about 100 μm to 1 mm and giving high spectral and angular resolution. A direct imaging Fabry–Perot interferometer (operating at 85–180 μm), a heterodyne detector (200–600 μm), and a multiband imaging bolometric system (70 μm up to maybe 1.2 mm) are under consideration; these will require active cooling. See also Horizon 2000.

FIRST

(Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams) Founded in 1990, FIRST coordinates the efforts of dozens of CERTs, mostly governmental, from around the world. See CERT.
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Team Braidy,' under the expert supervision of teacher of physics Mr Hussain, beat all other competitors and have now advanced to the Vex Robotics UK national finals which will take place on March 2 and 3 at the International Centre in Telford.
The second grant will go toward VEX robotics kits for the early high school credit robotics class at MacArthur Middle School.
Stuart Sweetman, head of design and technology at King Henry VIII School, said: "Parents and pupils alike were excited to welcome many other schools to our VEX robotics competition.
Although we initially focused on LEGO MINDSTORMS, recently, we have ventured into VEX Robotics and SeaPerch Challenges.
The VEX Robotics World Championship brings together top robotics teams to celebrate their accomplishments and compete with and against the best teams from around the world.
In the college's Hebert Auditorium, 80 high school teams from throughout New England competed in the New England Regional VEX Robotics Championships, a matchup that will send approximately 16 teams on to the world championships in Anaheim, Calif.
The school received 1,000 [pounds sterling] to help with its Vex Robotics Club.
Standard are open source Arduino microcontrollers, Vex robotics kits, and LEGOs.
Teams From Canada, China, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore and United States Shine the Brightest at the 2012 VEX Robotics Competition World Championship.
Students of Riyadh Schools left the capital last week along with students from Jubail and Yanbu to Los Angeles in the United States to represent the country in the VEX Robotics World Championship that took place from April 18 to 22 in the Californian city of Anaheim.
Modular robots are ones where ready-made kits are used, like Lego or Vex Robotics kits.
The event is being organized by the New Zealand Information and Technologies Group and Kiwibots New Zealand, which runs Vex Robotics competitions in schools, Xinhua reports.