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Devereux Glenholme Rallies Rookie Robotics

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Devereux Glenholme Rallies Rookie Robotics
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Creighton H. and Jake T. intently attend to the GHS 1337 Squad's robot in preparation for its first head-to-head competition at the Massachusette's FTC Championship in Palmer, MA.
Washington, CT - A cheering squad of nearly 30 students, faculty, friends and families helped rally The Glenholme School’s FIRST Robotics Team, GHS 1337 Squad, as they faced their rookie year of robotics competitions with challengers from as far away as Norway. At the Massachusetts FTC Championship in Palmer on February 28th, the GHS 1337 Squad bested 21 opponents to finish in 6th place and at the Connecticut FTC Championship in West Hartford on March 7th, 1337 Squad faced 20 competitors and again took 6th place.

While the squad did not advance, the competitions were not without glory. At the Massachusetts competition, they earned The FIRST Tech Challenge Connect Award and motored away with The FIRST Tech Challenge Innovate Award from their effort at the West Hartford competition.

The Connect Award recognizes the one team which connected most with their local community and the engineering community by actively seeking engineers and exploring opportunities in the world of science, engineering and technology. The FIRST community relies heavily on adult volunteers, mentors and sponsorship from the business community. Glenholme’s mentors span the globe with ties from Woodbury, CT to Lima, Peru and knowledge in electrical expertise to programming engineering and backgrounds in self-employment to NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope. The mentors of GHS 1337 Squad made an important impression on the team and the school; community service and volunteering are essential to the growth of the students, the school and the community as a whole.

The Innovate Award celebrates the team with the most innovative and creative design, whether it is the whole robot or a sub-assembly, and that has demonstrated ingenuity, inventiveness and the ability to “think outside the box.” This component must function consistently throughout the matches to be eligible for this award.

The team endeavored tirelessly since the program launch in October 2008 with many nights and weekends designing, building and programming. When 30 percent of first-year robotics teams are unable to create a functioning robot, the GHS 1337 Squad’s rookie year is a remarkable accomplishment. The students of the Glenholme Robotics program developed a team and a social network; constructed a competitive robot; and demonstrated the skills to manage the stress of competition.

The FIRST program is consistent with the federal government’s initiative to increase interest in hard science and technology among U.S. students. In many ways, Glenholme’s participation as a special needs school places us above the curve in comparison to other non-participating school. Linda Chave initiated the program at Glenholme; she and the other Glenholme faculty advisors encourage area educators to open discussion on how to initiate this program in their schools.

Devereux Glenholme is an exceptional boarding school for students with special needs, which offers an individually prescribed learning environment with a steadfast academic curriculum. Using our effective individualized services, we apply a positive behavior support model focused on development of social skills and lifelong strategies for success. The school’s milieu therapy addresses varying levels of academic, social and special needs development in boys and girls ages 10 -18 and postgraduates. We prepare graduates for continued education in traditional day schools, boarding schools, colleges and universities. For more information about The Glenholme School and its program, visit http://www.theglenholmeschool.org/.


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