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Local 4-H Team Wins Robotics Competition

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Centre County 4-H’s robotics team recently captured the top spot in the Greater Pittsburgh Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

The team pulled off a stunning performance against 51 other robots from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois, West Virginia, Missouri, China and Chinese Taipai.

Like last year, the team was the second seed alliance going into the playoffs; however, this year, the team took home a championship trophy along with the T.E.S.T. Team from Bridgewater, N.J., and Pirate Robotics from Dayton, Ohio.

The victory earns the team a spot at the FIRST Championships in Detroit, Thursday, April 26, through Saturday, April 28, where it will compete with the best teams from around the world.

“People outside of the FIRST community don’t realize how incredible this accomplishment is. It is just like March Madness — you have to be prepared, focused, overcome challenges and have some good luck to make it to the top,” said Adam Last, a Centre County 4-H robotics mentor.

“We have so many people to thank for making this happen. We couldn’t have achieved this without the support of Centre County 4-H or our generous community financial partners: Channel Communication LLC, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, ASME Central PA Section, Blue Mountain Software, Siemens, Loop Software and Tech-KnowServ, and many others,” said Bill Jester, also a Centre County 4-H robotics mentor.

“We want to congratulate the CC4H Robotics team for a tremendous season. Technology and innovation is vital to our community. If we can get kids passionate about STEM early, it will have a huge impact on economic growth in the Centre Region,” said Steve Brawley, of Ben Franklin Technology Partners.

FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is a nonprofit organization inspiring kids to learn about science and technology through robotics. It currently holds events worldwide and reaches more than 400,000 young people annually.

The Centre County 4-H robotics team is a local robotics club for high school students. It competes in several competitions throughout the year, including the FIRST Robotics competition. It also conducts technology classes and participates in outreach events to promote STEM. For more information, visit www.centre4h-robotics.org.