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Robotics team earns win

FALLS VILLAGE — The WhosCTEKS Robotics Team from Housatonic Valley Regional High School has won its first scrimmage of the season, the Suffield Shakedown, which was held Feb. 18 at Suffield Senior High School in West Suffield. The scrimmage was organized to give teams the opportunity to practice their driving skills, test their robots and observe other teams on the official FIRST playing field. Many teams from Connecticut and New York were a part of the scrimmage, and their robots were designed with particular functions in mind, including shooting basketball hoops at three different heights and balancing on a tilting ramp. The team is coached and mentored by Cindy Fuller, Andy Brockway, Dave Van Deusen, Tom Paine and Dave Lindsay. The team’s alliance partners were Team 176 Aces High from Suffield/Windsor Locks and Team 2168 The Aluminum Falcons from Groton.The team will participate in the FIRST BAE Systems/Granite State Regional competition, Thursday to Saturday, March 1 to 3, in Manchester, N.H., at the Verizon Wireless Arena.To learn more about FIRST robotics, go online to www.usfirst.org.

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