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04/04/17 OMNI Sponsors High School Robotics Team

DUXBURY, MA, April 2017 - OMNIlife science has elected to sponsor the Duxbury High School Robotics Team (Team #4908) in their quest for higher learning and team development in the international robotics competition league, F.I.R.S.T. This league coordinates an international competition where teams must form alliances and compete on equal playing fields to advance through the events. 

While this is just the 4th year in the competition, the Duxbury Team #4908 has already proven that they can compete, winning several Rookie honors their first year in competition, and qualifying for the New England District Championship April 5-8 in Durham, New Hampshire. The growth of the program is extremely encouraging, and the competitions are serious fun! 

About FIRST:

FIRST is an international organization, that organizes educational competitions for students of all ages. The acronym F.I.R.S.T. stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” The organization runs a series of unique competitions to engage students of all ages. Through the FIRST Lego League and Junior Lego League, young elementary and middle school aged children are introduced to robotics as they compete in challenges designed to test their imagination and teamwork. In the FIRST Tech Challenge, students from 7th through 12th grade build robots from standard parts and compete against other teams . Duxbury Robotics competes in another FIRST organized competition: the FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST’s flagship competition, which also entails building a robot designed to win a specific challenge. In addition to the FIRST Robotics Competition, Duxbury Robotics mentors the Duxbury Middle School FIRST Lego League Team by helping them learn to build and evaluate their very own robot.

The varsity Sport for the Mind™, FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

About Duxbury Robotics:

Founded in 2012, Duxbury Robotics started out as merely a co-curricular club. In 2014, Duxbury Robotics joined FIRST Robotics and the team was officially born! Duxbury Robotics is now known as FRC Team 4908 and competes in the FIRST Robotics Competitions throughout New England. Today, the team is now over forty students strong and still growing. While Duxbury Robotics is young, it has accomplished a great deal in its short existence. In its very first year of competition, team 4908 won the Rookie Inspiration Award, the Highest Rookie Seed Award, Rookie All Star Award, as well as winning the UMass Dartmouth event in 2015.

Duxbury Robotics continues to grow and add new members each year. Over the past several years, it has created a new and exciting introduction to the world of STEM for a variety of students. The team exposes students to the various fields involved in creating a robot, such as programming, engineering, marketing, and business. Duxbury Robotics has founded a town-wide love of science and technology for all ages and will continue to do so for many years to come.

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