STEM inspires Albany High competition robot

By Nathan Stone

Robot built by Albany High School students

Robot built by Albany High School students

For the past several years we have sponsored a team of high school students from Albany, NY as they participate in the FIRST Robotics competition at RPI, a technical college located just north of the city in Troy.  The competition will take place March 17-19 of this year.

The students, all from Albany High School, are tasked with designing and building a robot from scratch and competing against 33 other teams from all over New York and elsewhere.  The competition is possible in part by a $6,000 grant we gave the program, but it takes more than just money: it takes mentorship.

Brett Morey and Jake Ennis, gas and construction supervisors in UNY Eastern Division, donate their time, knowledge, and resources to help the students participate in the competition.  Both mechanical engineering students from the university at Buffalo, Morey and Ennis give their time after working all day to help the students achieve success.

FIRST Robotics reaches a nationwide participation base. The acronym stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” and as part of our STEM initiatives, we also grant the program $25,000 yearly.

Ana Martinez, FIRST Regional Director – New York Tech Valley, thanked us for our involvement in the program.

“On behalf of New York Tech Valley FIRST, thanks for bringing STEM opportunities for youth in our communities,” Martinez said. “We look forward to another amazing season with 36 teams  from Tech Valley, Ohio, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Canada, China and The Netherlands competing at the New York Tech Valley Regional on March 17-19. We look forward to welcoming you at the event.”

Larry Rulison, a senior reporter from the local Times Union; you can read his story here.  Additionally, local NBC affiliate WNYT’s Abigail Bleck gave us some coverage as well here.

FIRST Robotics students

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