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Robotics Team 2010 Competition
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GHS 1337 Squad and their mentor make modifications to the robot prior to competition.
The Official Logo of Glenholme Robotics
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The official logo of the Glenholme robotics team.
Washington, CT - The Glenholme robotics team, GHS 1337 Squad, made the trek to Kingswood Oxford High School in West Hartford on Saturday, March 6, for their initial FIRST robotics competition of 2010. In the midst of the detailed check-in process, the team was informed that in order to have a legal robot for competition immediate modifications were required. In an impressive fashion, the squad pulled together with great poise to meet the deadline set upon them by the competition organizers.

While under tense circumstances, the teammates displayed great poise, utilized their ability to delegate tasks, communicated efficiently and effectively, and demonstrated true dedication and teamwork to reconstruct a crucial aspect of their robot in under 20 minutes. The time required for the modifications resulted in the team forfeiting the first round of competition; however, they went on to compete in the second round and won!

After the third round of competition and two wins to their credit, GHS 1337 Squad was ranked 11th out of 21 teams. It is unfortunate that the final two rounds of competition were not as fortuitous for the team, as a mechanical malfunction eliminated the possibility of competing for the opportunity to earn a position for the World Championships in Atlanta, Georgia.

While the squad did not advance, the competition was not without glory. The team endeavored tirelessly since the start of the school year and developed into a cohesive team; they constructed another competitive robot; demonstrated the skills to manage the unexpected events of competition; and most importantly demonstrated graciousness in both victory and defeat, an attitude which exemplifies the spirit of competition. The accomplishments of the GHS 1337 Squad are certainly worthy of recognition.

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 school for special needs students places us above the curve in comparison to other non-participating school. Glenholme faculty advisors encourage area educators to open discussion on how to initiate this program in their schools.

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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