March 2017

Students Prepare to Put STEM Skills to Test in Hudson Valley Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition

The New Ro-Bots of New Rochelle High School, aka Hudson Valley Regional (HVR)FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC)Team #5202, have spent the last several weeks conceptualizing, designing, building, programming, and testing their robots to meet the HVR FRC’s engineering tour de force taking place from March 24 – 26th at Rockland Community College in Suffern. As of February 21, 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.


Led by FRC Mentor and New Rochelle High School librarian, Ryan Paulsen, the New Ro-Bots 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 Paulsen. “It’s incredible to work with these kids, because it’s evident that they all have amazing opportunities ahead of them. I often remind them not to forget where they came from, because I am expecting them to come back to fund and mentor future teams when they become famous engineers and inventors.”


The community is encouraged to attend this free event at Rockland Community College on March 24 – 26th.


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