Winners of SUNY Poly robotics competition announced

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MARCY — Seven high school teams from New York state, Connecticut and Pennsylvania were the winners in the Central New York FIRST Robotics regional competition on March 14-16 at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Marcy campus in the Wildcat Field House.

FIRST refers to For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

The winning teams in the event which featured high school competitors will head to the FIRST Championship in Detroit next month, according to a SUNY Poly announcement. Among them:

• From New York — Team 329, Mohawks, of Patchogue; Team 2044, 0xBE4, of Ballston Spa; Team 5585, Blood, Sweat & Gears, of Edmeston; Team 2791, Shaker Robotics, of Latham; Team 395, 2 Train Robotics, of Bronx.

• From other states —Team 195, CyberKnights, of Southington, Conn.; Team 2607, The Flying RoboVikings, of Warminster, Pa.

The winners, who competed against 31 other teams that traveled from as far as Turkey, overcame the event’s challenges which included simulated outer space sand storms, said SUNY Poly. The theme of the event was “Destination Deep Space,” including obstacles the robots might face while exploring a planet such as Mars. Each team was given the same parts to build a robot using a standard set of rules and, working with a professional engineering mentor, designed their robot over a six-week period.

The three-day event was attended by 3,000, including students in grades 9-12, mentors, parents, event volunteers, and members of the public, said SUNY Poly.

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