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Glenholme Robotics Gears Up

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Gearing up for their second season with FIRST; The 2009-2010 GHS 1337 Squad is a ten member team with interests in science, technology and engineering. 

Washington, CT - Devereux Glenholme's FIRST Robotics First Technical Challenge Team (FTC) is gearing up for its second season. Known as the GHS 1337 Squad, the team consists of 10 high school age students with interest in science, technology and engineering. FIRST is a nationally acclaimed organization that runs robotics challenges throughout the U.S., culminating in a national championship in Atlanta, Georgia.

FIRST competitions are referred to as a “sport for the mind” combining the excitement of sports with the intellectual challenge of science and technology. The FTC competition level requires the Glenholme Robotics Team to utilize a variety of academic and social skills. The fabrication of the robot encompasses design, engineering and programming, while the presentation and public speaking portion tests their language arts abilities. The FTC “build season” has a tight timeline, requiring the team to develop efficiency and effectiveness. Lastly, the actual competitions instill a sense of teamwork and “gracious professionalism.”

State competitions traditionally begin in February and culminate in April 2010 with the FIRST Technical Challenge World Championship under the Georgia Dome. Last year, Glenholme’s rookie GHS 1337 Squad placed sixth at tournaments in Palmer, Massachusetts and West Hartford, Connecticut and was distinguished with FIRST Tech Challenge Connect and Innovate Awards. The Glenholme School’s community of faculty, staff, students, parents and contributors again gear up for the excitement of robotics and the many possibilities this program continues to generate for the school.

The Glenholme Robotics Team is seeking mentors from the community to join in the excitement. Industrial arts instructors, programmers, engineers with mechanical, electrical backgrounds and trade professionals, who are interested in sharing their passion for science and technology with this enthusiastic crew of young minds, are welcome. Contact Linda Chave at lchave@devereux.org or Trevor Sawler at tsawler@devereux.org for volunteer information and forms.

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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