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    Mayor, Yale And UI Monday To Honor Career Robotics Team As They Go On To Nationals


    NEW HAVEN- The robotics team from Hill Regional Career High School is riding high after cleaning up at the FIRST, (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition at the Connecticut Convention Center last weekend.

    The question now? Can this robot stand up to 500 robotic teams across the U.S.?

    The Career team and their award winning robot will be honored on Monday in the second floor atrium of New Haven City Hall on Monday, March 26, 10:30 a.m. by Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., a representative from Yale University’s Office of New Haven and State Affairs, Charles Williams, director of high schools for NHPS, United Illuminating and the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce.

    The robot will also give a demonstration.

    The team needs some serious fundraising help to go on to the 2007 FIRST Championship April 12, 13 and 14 in the Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA. Several thousand has already been raised with the help of Claudia Merson of Yale and United Illuminating but the team still needs capital to pay for the trip.

    This is the ninth year that students from Hill Regional Career High School have designed a robot and competed regionally at the FIRST, (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. The team beat more than 40 teams from 8 Northeastern states, including many with deep pockets and armies of engineers and parent volunteers. Career’s team operated on a shoe string budget of only about $6,0000.

    Career High’s FIRST team, known as the Elm City Robotics Squad, was started eight years ago by retired engineers from United Illuminating, most notably Jim Crowe and the late John Buffa. Three are currently advising the program. They are: Angel Tangney; Ernie Smoker, a science teacher at Career, and Laura Roblee, a business teacher. A number of other parents and interested persons serve as mentors, helping in such diverse areas as engineering and fundraising.

    A total of almost 40 students are involved. They spent six weeks building the robot. For more information, visit FIRST's website at www.usfirst.org.

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