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Clarkstown North Students Prepare For Regional Robotics Competition

Clarkstown High School North students preparing for a regional robotics tournament in March.
Clarkstown High School North students preparing for a regional robotics tournament in March. Photo Credit: Provided

NEW CITY, N.Y. -- The 8-bit RAMs of Clarkstown High School North, aka Hudson Valley Regional (HVR) FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC)Team #640, are prepared to take on all comers at the upcoming FRC’s engineering tour de force taking place from March 24 – 26 at Rockland Community College in Suffern.

The 8-bit RAMS have spent the last six weeks conceptualizing, designing, building, programming, and testing their robots.

All 47 competing high school teams from around the world ceased work on their robots in compliance with the challenge’s stop build date on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Robot entries will be shipped to the tournament site in advance of the competition next month, according to a release.

Led by FRC Mentors and Clarkstown High School North teachers, Dr. Matthew Schuchman and Brendan Burkhardt, the 8-bit RAMs will compete to win a place in the FIRST® Robotics World Competition, taking place in St. Louis, MO on April 26 – 29.

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, the release said.

“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,” said Schuchman. “FIRST Robotics changes lives -- This tournament is the culmination of the team’s hard work, determination and the ultimate test of their engineering and collaborative skills.”

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

For more information, visit www.nycfirst.org/nycfirst-events/hudson-valley-regional.

Parents, prospective mentors and students interested in getting involved or starting a team to compete in 2018, may contact frcteams@firstinspires.org and visit http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/start-a-team.

Rockland Community College is at 145 College Rd., Suffern.

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