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Ossining O-Bots Compete At Javits Center

The Ossining Obots will be competing Saturday and Sunday at the Javits Center during the annual FIRST Robotics Competition.
The Ossining Obots will be competing Saturday and Sunday at the Javits Center during the annual FIRST Robotics Competition. Video Credit: Daily Voice

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Ossining’s championship robotics team will compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition’s New York Regional event at the Jacob Javits Convention Center this weekend.

Matches, scheduled for Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature more than 200 teams from the New York tri-state area, Arizona, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Turkey, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom as they vie to be among the five teams who advance to the national championship in St. Louis.

Ossining’s team competed in St. Louis in 2012 and 2013. For those who can't make it to the competition, they can watch online at www.nycfirst.org/nycfirst-events .

FIRST Robotics Competition engages high school students in a six-week build season to create a robot that can perform each year’s unique game. This year’s challenge, Stronghold, requires a robot that can launch “boulders”, climb over barriers, and scale a tower.

The team's sponsors included IBM, Entergy, Siemens, Ossining Matters, The Truckin’ Foundation, Wobble Café, Mooyah, and the Ossining School District.

The Ossining Engineering Club enables Ossining High School students to get involved in the process of engineering, machine work, computer programming, team organization, and electrical work. Through their annual participation in the FIRST Robotics Competition and the Connecticut Electrathon, students are given hands-on experience that is relevant to many careers in engineering, science, mathematics, and computer science.

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self- confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering.

To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org .

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