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Big win for Menchville robotics team

(05/06/2014) -The Menchville High School Triple Helix Robotics team earned top honors in the Galileo Division at the annual international FIRST Robotics Competition held in late April in St. Louis, Missouri. The MHS students joined over 12,000 students from around the globe who put their engineering skills to the test during the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship. Triple Helix qualified for the international competition after participating in the Chesapeake Regional competition in Maryland.

FIRST Robotics combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more 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. The FIRST® Robotics Competition stages short games played by robots. The robots are designed and built in six weeks (from a common set of parts) by a team of high-school-aged young people and a handful of engineers-mentors. The students program and remotely control the robots in competition rounds on the field.

In this year's game, Aerial Assist, teams took to the field with their robots, where competing Alliances scored points by throwing balls over a truss, catching balls, and putting as many balls in goals as possible. The more Alliances worked together to score, the more points their Alliance received.

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