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Robotics Team Wins Awards at FIRST Tech Challenge at Clarkson University
Posted 12/12/2012 09:00AM
The "Think Award" is just one of several honors that KO's Robotics team brought home from a competition in Potsdam, NY, on Nov. 30, 2012.

Traveling with two coaches and the robot they’d built, the students competed against 28 other teams in the sixth annual FIRST Tech Challenge Championship at Clarkson University.  The “Think Award” was given to the team that best understands the role of the engineering notebook in the robot-design process. KO was also a runner-up for the “Motivate Award,” which goes to the team with greatest spirit and community outreach.

In the “Ring It Up” game, a tic-tac-toe-line contest in which the robot competes, KO came in 9th. In the competition for the most prestigious award, the "Inspire Award," KO was the second runner-up.

“The coaches were incredibly impressed with each team member's contribution to the successful interview with the judges,” said KO Math teacher and Robotics team coach Donna Balcezak.

FIRST, founded nearly 20 years ago by inventor Dean Kamen, is an acronym for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”  Its mission is to help students discover and develop a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math.
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