SCNA Engages Herobotics

Press Release

Patrick Henry’s Robotics Team Advances to FIRST Robotics World Championship. February 28, 2015

Students at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis Public Schools have advanced to the FIRST Robotics World Robotics Championship. FIRST Robotics was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Through accessible, innovative programs young people are motivated to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. FIRST Team 2500Herobotics won the “Engineering Inspiration Award” at the FIRST Robotics Northern Lights Regional and so will advance to FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis, MO on April 22-25.

This will be the 6th time the team has advanced to World Championship in 8 years! The “Engineering Inspiration Award” is the 2nd highest award in a FIRST Robotics regional; a higher than winning with the robot.

The 28 team members team have worked hard to win the award. Students have volunteered at over 7,000 outreach events to K8th grade students over the last 5 years. The team embodies global citizenship through 12 languages spoken to communicate with diverse populations worldwide. Through the support of adult mentors, students apply leadership skills in marketing, programming, design, robot construction, digital media and organizational development. The team has inspired employees from global business partnerships with Boston Scientific, Coloplast, Loram, and Target, to volunteer and mentor K12 students to learn about technology and business.

The team’s future plans include further development of a “Maker Space” to provide professional grade design and fabrication tools, aligned to industry standards. The team also is acquiring drone and underwater robots to demonstrate to K 8th grade students about the future of robotics.

Students will be competing at another regional in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota on April 1st 4th over their Spring Break. During that event, Herobotics students are acting as ambassadors to four Chinese teams who are competing in the Minneapolis Regionals. The team will then travel to the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri on April 22nd 25th.

For more Information contact: David Sylvestre Teacher,
Robotics Lead Coach david.sylvestre@mpls.k12.mn.us or cell 651-470-6431

Featured photo is Herobotics at the SCNA Tour de Camden 2014 where over 100 participated.

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