Robots Take Over Clarkson, High School Masters Keep it Good Fun

Robots Take Over Clarkson, High School Masters Keep it Good Fun

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It starts with the the warmup.

The robot doesn't always work like you want. Then there's the competition. The chance for your robot to prove itself in the ring. It's not all about grabbing first place. Some have a more modest goal.
 
“If we can get at least a third or a second. And do better than last year,” said Massena eight grader Aiden Coleman.
 
About a hundred students from a dozen schools came to Clarkson for the Ignite Robotics Challenge Friday. They sported team t-shirts and a can-do spirit.
 
“It is honestly, so much fun. It's a chance in a lifetime,”  Indian River junior Jasmine Thorpe said.
 
Many of the values learned here in the ring are the same as those in high school sports. Coaches said it takes teamwork, a sense of professionalism and fair play to succeed.
 
“They help each other out. The kids are great at going to help other teams,"  said Matt Shaver, robotics coach for Ogdensburg Free Academy. "It's just a great experience to see the kids work together."

A big point of this competition is to interest young people in science and technology. Sure looks like it's doing the job today.
 
“Most people believe that robotics is oriented toward the male part of society, but it's really oriented toward anyone that can build,” Thorpe said.
 
If you missed this competition there is the Lego League robot competition Saturday. Four hundred student competitors from four counties will show off their robots and their knowledge of robot design.

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