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Sam G and Jake T tweek the robot's wiring during a test session.
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Colin F and Patrick B finalize the programming task with the remaining lines of code.
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The official logo of the 2009 - 2010 Glenholme Robotics Team.
Washington, CT - Glenholme is gearing up for another exciting season for the GHS 1337 Squad, the school’s FIRST Robotics FTC (First Technical Challenge) team, as they approach their first round of competition later this month. The robotics team consists of 10 student-participants and two student-leaders with interests in science, technology and engineering. The squad is joined by retuning mentors John Ogalik, a former NASA engineer, and Richard Stefanik; along with a new mentor and former Glenholme student, James Stefanik. Together they have been grinding gears since September and their efforts are paying off.

FIRST competitions, the “sport for the mind,” combine the excitement of sports with the intellectual challenge of science and technology. The FTC “build season” has a tight timeline, requiring the team to develop efficiency and effectiveness. The cohesive GHS 1337 Squad has surpassed the timeline expectations with an operational robot in the final stages of programming in early February and are now setting their sites on preparing to surpass their stiff competition.

FIRST is a nationally acclaimed organization that runs robotics challenges throughout the U.S. State competitions traditionally begin in February and culminate in April 2010 with the FIRST Technical Challenge World Championship under the Georgia Dome. This year Glenholme’s GHS 1337 Squad returns to tournaments in Palmer, Massachusetts in late February and West Hartford, Connecticut in March. The team is also awaiting approval from New York City’s Jacob Javit Center Competition.

Watch for competition news in the coming months.

The Glenholme School, a Devereux Center, 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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