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O&R Donates $20,000 to Rockland High Schools' Robot Builders

Local Competition Helps Bring Those High –Tech Studies to Life

As part of its focus on STEM education development, O&R has contributed $5,000 each to help support robotics programs at Clarkstown-North, Clarkstown-South, Nanuet and Tappan Zee high schools.

Students from those schools’ robotic building skills were put to the test last weekend when more than 1,000 high school students from 46 local and international robotics teams competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition’s Hudson Valley Regional Tournament at the Rockland Community College Fieldhouse in Suffern.


FIRST stand for: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST).

The competition requires that students, within a limited time frame, work with professional engineering mentors to design a robot that solves a problem using a kit of parts and a standard set of rules. Once these high school inventors create the robot, the teams participate in regional competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration and the determination of the students.

FIRST’s President Donald Bossi described FIRST’s mission as inspiring “a lifelong love of learning that is critical to persevere in today’s ever-changing workforce.”

He added, “We’re developing the innovators, technology leaders and creative problem solvers who will make this world a better place.”

O&R Strategic Partnership’s Manager Linda Feger stopped by to support those teams last Friday.