Itasca Community College Director of Engineering Outreach, Kim Daminai, is the 2012 FIRST Robotics Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for Lake Superior Regional Conference. The FIRST Robotics Competition is a national competition that challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in a series of competitions at regional events. The competition started in 1992 and now involves more than 2,300 teams competing in more than 50 Regional, District and State events. Winners at the regionals compete at the FIRST Robotics Championship held at the Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO, an event that brings together more than 10,000 students. FIRST is focused on redefining winning for these students. Teams are rewarded for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism and maturity, and ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring the most points is a secondary goal. Winning means building partnerships that last. There are currently 154 FIRST Robotics teams in the state of Minnesota. FIRST is the parent organization of the LEGO Robotics league that many area students are involved in. For more information about FIRST Robotics contact Kim Damiani at (218) 322-2370.