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Power Play: New York Power Authority Joins Northern Stx Robotics Team As A Sponsor

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On the eve of regional competition, Northern STX (Science and Technology EXperience, the Clarkson University/Massena High School/Salmon River High School FIRST Robotics Competition Team, received a boost from the New York Power Authority (NYPA), who has signed on as a new sponsor.nypa

The Power Authority contributed $2,000 to the FIRST Robotics effort, and provided machining services in the fabrication of the robot entry. NYPA’s logo will be prominently displayed on the robot, on team uniforms and in team-related publications.

At the recent unveiling of the robot at Louisville Elementary School, Edward Hubert, an engineer with the Power Authority, presented a check to Anthony G. Collins, Clarkson’s vice president for Academic Affairs, and to Tina C. Yuille, coordinator of the FIRST Program and Clarkson’s Director of SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design).

“We would like to thank the New York Power Authority for their interest in helping to inspire curiosity and create interest in science and mathematics among today’s youth,” says Yuille. 

Northern STX is participating in the 2000 FIRST New England Regional Competition March 30-April 1 in Hartford, Conn.  They, like hundreds of teams all over the country, have been working within a six-week timeframe to prepare their robot for action.  Undergraduate students from Clarkson are serving as advisers for the students.

Clarkson University’s SPEED Program promotes project-based learning experiences by providing engineering design opportunities for Clarkson students through 15 project activities including FIRST Robotics, Formula SAE and Construction Management.  SPEED is supported by grants from General Electric, Alcoa, Goodyear and Nestlé.

The School of Business Educational Partnership Program provides graduate students in business with real-world project management experience while working with area elementary, junior high and high school students.

For more information about FIRST, contact Tina C. Yuille, project coordinator, at 315-268-7976 or, or visit the official FIRST website at

PHOTO CAPTION: With an appreciative Northern STX team looking on, Edward Hubert of the New York Power Authority (right) presents a $2,000 check to Tina C. Yuille, director of Clarkson University’s SPEED program and coordinator of the FIRST program (center), and Anthony G. Collins, Vice President of Academic Affairs (left).

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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