The Saunders high school robotics team, which won first place in a regional robotics competition in New York City earlier this month, has received the funding to take its robot to the international competition in St. Louis in April.
Con Edison, the Generoso Pope Foundation and the City of Yonkers Industrial Development Agency have agreed to fund the team’s trip to the FIRST World Championships robotics competition.
“We couldn’t be more proud of our Saunders students who have demonstrated their ingenuity, dedication and enthusiasm for learning,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano in a statement. “The advancement of the robotics team to the world championship puts our students on a world stage that will provide them an experience of a lifetime – we are thrilled to assist our Yonkers students succeed and excel. We wish them the best of luck.”
At the FIRST regional competition, the Saunders Droid Factory beat out 65 other teams in building a robot from a common kit of parts. The Saunders team named their robot after the late Leonard Nimoy, calling it Robot Leonard. The team had six weeks to design, prototype and construct a robot capable of performing an assigned task. This year’s task was stacking totes and cans on a scoring platform.