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Liberty Robo-Lions Win Robotics Awards

Release Date: 4/6/2010 2:19:59 PM

The Liberty High School Robotics Team, the Robo-Lions, finished the regular competition season on March 25-27, 2010 with the exciting and challenging Philadelphia Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at Drexel University. The Robo-Lions came home with the Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories.  This award celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards.  

Earlier in the month, the team earned its way to the semi-final rounds of the Chesapeake Regional FIRST Robotics Competition held this year at the Baltimore Convention Center.  Junior Captain Katie Miles was named as a “Dean’s List” finalist, an individual award instituted to recognize outstanding leadership, entrepreneurship and inspiration.  She will go on to compete at the Championship event to be held April 15-17, 2010 in Atlanta. 

FIRST Robotics is referred to as a ‘varsity sport for the mind’, an activity that combines engineering prowess with business sense and strong teamwork to teach young people the skills needed for success in an increasingly complex and challenging world.  Competitions worldwide run annually from late February to early April and involve 45-55 teams playing a game pitting three robots per side in a game that is only made known to the teams the first week in January.  Students have just six weeks to design and build the robot, which must then be shipped to the first competition. 

This year the game resembles soccer, with robots kicking soccer balls up and down the field into their goals.  There were obstacles on the field and two tall towers which could be ‘climbed’ at the end of each match for a bonus. Robots are approximately 2 feet by 3 feet maximum, and not more than 120 pounds. Within these parameters, a great variety of machines with amazing capabilities were fielded. Off season events begin in the summer, and include the Battle o’ Baltimore, co-hosted by the Robo-Lions at the beginning of August.

Liberty’s team has grown from a dozen or so students to close to 40 in just 4 years, but they remain the only FIRST Robotics Team in Carroll County.  Liberty hopes to expand robotics by working with VEX Robotics teams sponsored by 4H clubs, and continuing to support and encourage FIRST Lego League (FLL)  in middle school.   Liberty hosted an FLL qualifying event in January, which included teams from Oklahoma Road and Mt Airy Middle School, as well as others from surrounding counties.

The Robo-Lions owe their continued growth to their supportive families and friends above all, and to their generous sponsors Voicemetrix, Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, BTR Capital Group, Verizon, Bowles Fluidics, Wagner Digital Video, Sheen's Colleens, TriStar Martial Arts, PNC Bank, Skate Frederick, Carroll Technology Council, Baltimore Area Alliance of FRC Teams, Liberty High School and Carroll County Public Schools.  For more information, see the team website at www.robo-lions.org. 

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