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Clarkson University, Massena High, Salmon River High FIRST Robotics Team 229 Wins Award in Rochester

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FIRST Robotics Team 229 recently competed in the 2010 Finger Lakes Regional Robotics Competition at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The team is part of Clarkson University’s SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) program.

Team 229 or Division By Zero, the Clarkson University, Massena High School, and Salmon River High School robotics team, made it to the quarter-final level, and received the highly coveted "Xerox Creativity Award," which celebrates creativity in design, use of a component, or strategy of play. Teams were required in six weeks to design and build a robot that competes in a soccer game on an intricate playing field.Clarkson University, Massena High, Salmon River High FIRST Robotics Team 229 Wins Award in Rochester

Division by Zero competed against more than 40 teams sponsored by businesses and universities at this year’s regional competition. Each year more than 1,000 teams worldwide compete in the international robotics design competition.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a national program that teams together high school students with engineers from universities and industry to design and build remote-controlled robots for competition. Its mission is to inspire high school students to pursue college degrees and ultimately careers in science and technology.

"North Country students are very fortunate to have highly dedicated local champions like technology teachers Steve Robert in the Massena Central School District and Chuck Raiti in the Salmon River Central School District," said James Carroll, Clarkson associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and one Team 229’s faculty advisors, "and their administrators who strongly support the region’s extra-curricular robotics programs and the associated technology curriculum.

"Without these champions and their supporters, area students would have less hands-on exposure to the type of technology that our modern society and its economy depend on and, as a result, they would be much less prepared to compete with their peers both within the state and on a global basis,"

Team members included: drivers Adam Leroulx from Salmon River and Alan Davis from Massena, and human player Chris Taylor also from Salmon River. Additional team members include Massena’s Dylan Ryan, Joe Singleton, Andrew Valancius, Ryan Parkinson, Jonathon Wietz, Anthony Yang, Zachary Robert, Robert Cameron, Taylor Smoke, and Brianna Barley; Salmon River’s, Eric Holden, Cody Brady, Patik Patel, Trina Thompson, Frankie Davis, Summer Herne, Dereck Dustin, Jordan Fleury, Raymond Phillips, Corey Tremblay, Jessica Beach, Britany Bigness, Sabrina Bink, Devin LaPage, Christian Oliveira, Dillon Point, Kolby Smoke, Cole Fitzgerald; and Clarkson University’s Bradley View, Justin Foss, Josh Miller, Douglas Dawson, Kevin Brown, Zachary Denoncour, Collin Caugouh, Christian Clapp, Peter Reiniger, Erin Kennedy, Meredith Emerson, Steve Pickering, Steven Reitsma, Benjamin Sittner, Andrew Morrison, Alan DiCicco, Amanda Morey, Gabrielle LaShomb, Jacob LaShomb, Josh Bell, Josh Dawes, Kevin Fisher, Libby Kamen, Matthew Coryea, and Steven Wolf.

The SPEED program is one of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering hallmark initiatives, exemplifying Clarkson’s boundary-spanning approach to education. SPEED promotes multidisciplinary, project-based learning opportunities for more than 300 undergraduates annually.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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