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MOVE OVER R2-D2, BRATTLEBORO’S TEENS BUILD THEIR OWN ROBOT

by Craig Altschul

Robot No. 3694, built by a team of teens from Brattleboro’s Windham Regional Career Center, recently represented the Center at the 4-H Northern New England FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competiton in New Hampshire, says the Brattleboro Reformer. The project started out as an after-school program for engineer students and turned into a robotics team. The robot has been programmed to travel across flat and elevated surfaces, balance on a seesaw, and collect objects by using a wheeled arm. Teams of up to 10 students per – including coaches, mentors, and volunteers – are responsible for devising and constructing the robot. “What I like about the project is the students are responsible for resigning the robot, building the robot, and programming,” said Amy Anthony, an engineering instructor at the center. The project also helps build skills in team work and cooperation among the team. Take that R2-D2.

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Craig Altschul

About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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