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Robots Rule at Pace University [PHOTOS]

Pace University Hosts Hudson Valley FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament

On a playing field measuring 12 square feet, robots battled each other by picking colored plastic rings off a structure and carrying them across the field to stack them on another, gathering points for doing so within a measured time period. Then they turned on each other, trying to lift their opponents off the ground.

The 2012-13 FIRST Tech Challenge came to the Pace University gymnasium in Pleasantville on Sunday and dozens of high school teams from across the Hudson Valley competed in matches with robots they built themselves.

Qualifying matches were held by pairing teams from different school togetherto compete against other teams. Winners moved on to the elimination rounds en route to the championship matches. Winning teams are invited to compete in the World Championship in St. Louis this April.

Information and results of the matches can be found here:  seidenberg.pace.edu/first/.

Kiersten Zweibaum January 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Disappointing that your reporter didn't mention that, for the first time ever, there was a Pleasantville High School team competing. In addition, several Pleasantville residents competing for other high schools were also there.
Lisa Buchman January 28, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Hi Kiersten, thanks for your comment—that's exciting about the PHS team! The photo gallery doesn't single out any of the teams, but If you click through, you'll see a photo of the "TechnoChix" team made up of Pleasantville Girl Scouts. A full list of schools that competed (including the PHS SuperUsers!) is listed in the program, found here: http://seidenberg.pace.edu/first/?attachment_id=743.
Antonia Houston January 29, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Actually the "TechnoChix" Girl Scout team only meets in the Girl Scout Office in Pleasantville. The 10 girls come from 3 counties (Westchester, Putman, and Dutchess) 10 different towns, and attend schools in 2 states. Some belong to troops, but most are independent Girl Scouts (Juliettes.) Some girls have to be driven as much as an hour each way for practice every Sunday afternoon.
Lisa Buchman January 29, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Wow! That is commitment. It sounds like robotics is the right mix of educational/hands-on fun that really engages kids.
stephany January 29, 2013 at 07:58 PM
and the bad news is... robots will be flipping hamburgers at McD's soon https://www.google.com/search?q=robots+will+be+flipping+hamburgers+at+McD+soon&ie=UTF-8

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