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Congratulations to the Hurricane Robotics team, #3171, who placed second at Hofstra University’s FIRST Robotics Long Island Regional Competition (FRC), hosted by SBPLI, April 9-13th.

The competition brings together teams of students and their mentors from about 50 Long Island schools, schools from the Metropolitan area, and more.

Robotics advisor, Mr Kryll, said,”I have never seen such an intense competition.   The top four teams battled and jockeyed for position for two days.”

According to the event description on Hofstra.edu, “As the teams demonstrate their creations, they are cheered on by thousands of fans over a three-day period.  The competition includes two short games played by the robots, where the students program and remotely control them in competition rounds on the playing field.”

“The judges measure the effectiveness of each robot as well as the collaborative efforts and determination of the students. Awards are presented for design, technology, musical theme and sportsmanship. Members learn about friendly competition, teamwork, problem solving and gracious professionalism. In addition, they are challenged to fill roles ranging from research to ‘design and build,’ computer programming and animation, as well as fundraising and community outreach.”

Congratulations for a job well done, Hurricanes! Good luck at the world competition in Detroit, April 26-28.  The $5000 entrance fee was paid for by Zebra technologies.

Visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org for more information.

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