Robot Squad Bound For Championships

Contributed Photo With a regional victory under its belt, the Career High School robotics team is headed to St. Louis to compete for the world championship.

The Hill Regional Career High robotics team, dubbed Robo Squad 558, is part of the FIRST program, a competitive robotics league created by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway.

Each year, FIRST designs a new game that requires teams to create custom-built robots. This year, the game is called “Aerial Assist.” Robots have to work together to bring large rubber balls down a field and into a goal. Click on the video to see how it works.

After winning competitions in Southington and Hartford, the 25-member Robo Squad 558 qualified for the regional finals in Boston earlier this month. The team finished as a finalist and secured a spot at the world championships in St. Louis on April 23 to 26.

The team is hoping to send 11 members to St. Louis—and needs to raise about $15,000 to pay for the trip. Donations can be sent to the Robo Squad care of Hill Regional Career High School, 140 Legion Avenue, New Haven, CT 06519.

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posted by: concernedcitizenNewHaven on April 18, 2014  4:20pm

Good job, New Haven!