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College Hosts Regional Qualifier in Robotics Competition


In the staging room, a team prepares its robot for competition Penn College faculty and alumni serve as referees A student places his bot in the stadium 'Ghost in the Machine' balances itself on a teeter-totter to close out its first round of competition Groups of high schoolers from six states convened in Penn College’s College Avenue Labs on Feb. 5 for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge North Central Pennsylvania Regional Qualifier, which tested the students’ engineering know-how in a robot-against-robot competition stadium. The robots completed such obstaclesas retrieving and depositing batons and balancing on teeter-totters. More than a dozen Penn College faculty, along with students and alumni, volunteered as judges, referees, and in other roles for the event.

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