School Board Thanked For Helping Robotics Team Excel ::..
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Several members of the Northshore High School Robotics Team, known as “Team Combustion 1912,” presented a plaque to the School Board recently to express their appreciation for the Board’s help during the 2010-2011 School Year. They told the Board they had just returned from international robotics competition in St. Louis and were proud to represent St. Tammany Parish and Northshore High School. With its sponsorship and encouragement of teachers becoming involved in robotics, the parish is well represented at regional, state, and national robotics competitions. “The enthusiasm for robotics is evident in students, and getting involved in robotics competition has had a profound effect on us,” a Team spokesman said. From left to right are Nick Petras, Sam Holladay, Hannah Sorrell, Leah Sorrell, Rachel Hollady, and Principal Michael Peterson. The Robotics Team from Northshore High School won the Chairman’s Award in March at the Bayou Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, the second year in a row for the team. The prestigious Chairman’s Award is awarded annually to the most original and community-oriented team. Each year, area robotics teams are challenged to design and build a robot to achieve the specific goals of the competition. Northshore High is one of more than 2200 active robotics teams in the United State and 11 foreign countries, and there are 49 separate FIRST regional competitions. Northshore High's FIRST Robotics “Team 1912 Combustion” was established in the fall of 2005 by a small group of seniors. Since then, it has expanded into a diverse group of mentoring professionals and enthusiastic students from all grades. Students who participate on the team gain valuable knowledge and experience in science, engineering, and real-life skills including planning, decision making and teamwork. The team is also involved in community service projects including litter cleanup, Haiti relief efforts, and marsh restoration efforts after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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