CHS NORTH STUDENTS PREPARE TO PUT STEM SKILLS TO THE TEST

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The 8-bit RAMs of Clarkstown High School North, aka Hudson Valley Regional (HVR)FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC)Team #6401, have spent the last six weeks conceptualizing, designing, building, programming, and testing their robots to meet the HVR FRC’s engineering tour de force taking place from March 24 – 26 at Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY. Today all 47 competing high school teams from around the world will cease work on their robots in compliance with the challenge’s stop build date. Robot entries will be shipped to the tournament site in advance of the competition next month.

Led by FRC Mentors and Clarkstown High School North teachers, Dr. Matthew Schuchman and Brendan Burkhardt, the 8-bit RAMs will compete to win a place in the FIRST® Robotics World Competition, taking place in St. Louis on April 26 – 29, 2017. Winners of this prestigious international competition receive recognition and opportunities associated with their engineering skills and achievements, including coveted internships and job opportunities with organizations, such as NASA and SpaceX.

“Engaging young people in fun, hands-on, project-oriented teams to build robots can open their eyes to educational and career opportunities never otherwise dreamed of,” says Schuchman. “FIRST Robotics changes lives — This tournament is the culmination of the team’s hard work, determination and the ultimate test of their engineering and collaborative skills.”
The community is encouraged to attend this free event at Rockland Community College on March 24 – 26. For more information, visit www.nycfirst.org/nycfirst-events/hudson-valley-regional. Parents, prospective mentors and students interested in getting involved or starting a team to compete in 2018, may contact frcteams@firstinspires.org and visit: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/start-a-team

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