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Robotics Wins Two Prestigious Awards

Longwood High School Robotics Team 564 Wins Two Prestigious Awards
Posted on 04/01/2019
Longwood High School Robotics Team 564 Wins Two Prestigious AwardsLongwood High School Robotics earned two prestigious awards at the 20th Annual SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition winning a spot at the FIRST Championship held in Detroit on April 24-27.

Team 564, consisting of 62 students from grades 9-12, competed at Hofstra University on March 29 and 30 against some of the best teams in the world and took home two top awards, the Regional Chairman’s Award, and the Engineering Inspiration Award.

Designated as the most prestigious award at FIRST, the Chairman’s Award honors the team that models, emulates, and best embodies the mission of FIRST. It was created to keep the central focus of FIRST Robotics Competition on the ultimate goal of transforming the culture in ways that will inspire higher levels of respect and honor for science and technology, as well as encouraging more of today’s youth to become science and technology leaders.  Winners of the Chairman’s Award in Detroit are inducted into the FIRST Hall of Fame for inspiring higher levels of respect for science and technology.

The team also received the Engineering Inspiration Award, which celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is a worldwide event with more than 6000 teams competing from over 50 different countries. This year’s FIRST Robotics Competition game is titled “Destination: Deep Space,” and each robot is designed to complete various tasks in a space-themed playing field, such as securing hatch panels to a spacecraft and loading cargo.

Robotics coaches Debbie Lang, Jennifer Stehle, and Steve Beecher said the team displayed excellence in all facets of the principles of FIRST Robotics.

“These students are true ambassadors for the Longwood community,” said Ms. Lang.  “Each student went above and beyond in the commitment to the team, and we are all so incredibly proud.”

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