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Another Robot team, with homeschoolers from Western PA makes it to the World Competition!
Editor's Note from Susan Richman: a while back I shared a terrific article about the eastern PA team of junior high level homeschoolers taking part in the robotics competition-- now here's news on a senior level team! AND they are also looking to do a major service projectwith their robot down in Guatemala at a children's home-- read on! Also, if you are in the Plum, PA area, the Terabytes would like to invite you to their team room at Bible Baptist Church (200 Elicker Road, Plum) for an Open House on Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 12 to 6pm to see their robot in action.
The FIRST organization (www.usfirst.org) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. They work to accomplish this goal through mentor based programs such as the FIRST Tech Challenge. The FTC competition is played on a twelve by twelve foot playing area where four robots in alliances of two compete to earn the most points. This year the challenge involves picking up racquetballs, putting them in baskets, then stacking the baskets or raising them super high. There are also bowling balls on the field that can be pushed around to be scored. A match starts out with a thirty second autonomous period followed by a two minute teleop(remote controlled) period. There are also a variety of judged awards based on the team’s outreach, engineering design, ingenuity, and other factors. The highest award in FTC is the Inspire Award. The Inspire Award is given to the team whom the judges thought was the best “role model”, and was a strong competitor in all the judging categories as well as on the field.
FTC Robotics team 4149 the Terabytes, based in the Pittsburgh area, recently qualified for the World FTC competition at the Ohio state championship in Cleveland. Though the Terabytes didn’t win the competition on the field, they were honored to receive the Inspire Award which ensured them a seat at the World Competition. They are the only team from western Pennsylvania to qualify at the FTC level....
Encore! Home School Productions presents our 2012 show:
Agatha Christie’s Appointment with Death
We’d love to have other homeschool families come to the show! Twenty-five homeschoolers, ages 13-18, portray Ms. Christie’s inimitable suspects, heroes and heroines in this suspenseful murder mystery in 1940s Jerusalem. You’ll have fun figuring out ‘whodunit’!
Encore! Home School Productions is a theater group for homeschoolers in south central PA led by executive director Jill Panyard. Our group is recognized in the region for its high quality productions -- Just last year our group was honored with an“Outstanding Musical” nomination for our production, First Impressions, the Pride & Prejudice musical, in the 2011 Apollo Awards, a regional high school theater competition.
When: Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm
Friday, April 20 at 7 pm
Saturday, April 21 at 7 pm (A special event, a dinner with live entertainment,
followed by the show, starts at 5:15, as another option.)
Sunday, April 22 at 3 pm
Buy TICKETS at www.showtix4u.com OR call (866) 967-8167
Where: Trinity High School auditorium, Camp Hill, PA (Harrisburg area)
For more information: Call Nancy at (717) 932-4832
News story in the Patriot-News:
... see more photos from the show....