Team media contact Mark Kleszczewski said the group is reaching out to the community in a number of ways for support. Members represent a pool of potential employees, for area companies. It’s an opportunity for the students to learn there are such opportunities for them in the region. “It’s vital to the economic future of the area,” he said.
Otsego 4-H director Patti Zellmer said with Oneonta High School hosting the student efforts to build the robot, and local sponsorship, it is a project supported by the community. With the entry fees, and costs of getting to the competition it is an expensive proposition, but what the students get is “priceless,” she said.