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STUDENTS KICK OFF ENGINEERING COMPETITION

 DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-five students from Fordson High School are participating in a unique engineering challenge that teams high schools with leading U.S. companies or universities in a six-week national competition.
 The Fordson students will be working with engineers from Ford Motor Company's (NYSE: F) Alpha Simultaneous Engineering Office to design and build a radio-controlled "robo-athlete" that will compete in a sporting tournament against the models of other high school teams from around the country. The students will devote after-hours time weekly to the project.
 The competition is sponsored by U.S. FIRST, a national non-profit coalition that develops a broad range of programs designed to foster interest among students in science and technology. Often, as in this case, a program calls for hands-on engineering involvement by the students.
 The Fordson team and Ford engineers will travel to Nashua, N.H., in late February with their finished device to go up against the offerings of 27 other high school teams and their sponsoring companies or universities. A panel of nationally renowned individuals will select the winners.
 Fordson High School participates in the Ford Academy of Manufacturing Sciences (FAMS) program -- a school-business partnership designed to increase awareness of careers in manufacturing. Some of the Fordson students in the U.S. FIRST challenge are in the FAMS program.
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 /CONTACT: Terry Bresnihan, 313-322-9600, or Glenn Ray, 313-390-5213, both of Ford Motor Company/
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