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Yonkers High School Students Rev Up For Regional, National Robot Playoffs

Yonkers High School students are preparing for a regional robotics tournament that is taking place this week in Rockland County. They've also qualified for national competition next month in St. Louis.
Yonkers High School students are preparing for a regional robotics tournament that is taking place this week in Rockland County. They've also qualified for national competition next month in St. Louis. Photo Credit: Provided

YONKERS, N.Y. -- The Mechadogs of Yonkers High School have spent the last six weeks conceptualizing, designing, building, programming and testing their robots for the Hudson Valley Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition at Rockland Community College in Suffern.

The Yonkers Mechadogs are among 47 teams competing in this week's tournament.

Nearly 1,200 high school students between the ages of 18 and 18 have qualified from seven countries -- including five high schools in the Hudson Valley.

Other local teams competing Friday, March 24 through Sunday, March 26 are: Carmel High School, Clarkstown North High School, Ossining High School and New Rochelle High School.

Led by FRC Mentor and Yonkers High School physics teacher Adam Thiessen, the Mechadogs also will compete to win a place in the FIRST® Robotics World Competition, taking place in St. Louis from April 26 through 29. Winners of this prestigious international competition receive recognition and opportunities associated with their engineering skills and achievements, including coveted internships and job opportunities with organizations, such as NASA and SpaceX.

"It occurs to me, while working with the students, that these are the kids that will make space travel an everyday experience in the not too distant future," says Thiessen. “Engaging young people in fun, hands-on, project-oriented teams to build robots can open their eyes to educational and career opportunities never otherwise dreamed of. FIRST Robotics changes lives.”

The community is encouraged to attend this free event at Rockland Community College on March 24 – 26th. For more information, visit www.nycfirst.org/nycfirst-events/hudson-valley-regional. Parents, prospective mentors and students interested in getting involved or starting a team to compete in 2018, should email frcteams@firstinspires.org and visit: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/start-a-team

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