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November 14, 2013

Area students seek help in engineering contest

A nationwide contest offers area residents a chance to vote for the Otsego County 4-H FIRST Robotics Team.

A video by RoboKronos 4203 is one of the selections in the contest currently underway by Rockwell Automation.

The “Engineering Our Future” video contest was designed to ignite the imaginations of a new generation of innovators and get them thinking about how they will apply the engineering skills they learn building robots with specific skills beyond their school.

The video from the team of Oneonta High School students is entered in the FIRST Robotics Competition Division. Voting started Nov. 12 and runs through Nov. 29.  People can vote once every 24 hours.

The Oneonta video was made at Corning, a team sponsor, team lead contact Paul Agoglia said. Electrical component manufacturer Ioxus was included because they have also been a big supporter and donated the 10 super-capacitors on the scooter featured in the video, he said.

If the team wins, it would mean a prize of $5,000 to be used for the regional competition March 13-15 in Troy.

The team won’t find out about the upcoming competition until the Jan. 4 simulcast at the Masonic Lodge. It went to a recent competition earlier this year in Rochester, where it placed as a first alternate among the 37 teams, said Agoglia.

“It was a valuable experience,” he said.

There are 14 people on this years team, one more than when the program began in 2011-12.

Otsego 4-H program director Patti Zelmer said the robotics team is supported by a team effort of many participants.

“We count on the community,” she said.

The prized would be helpful in paying for the group’s registration in the upcoming regional competition.

The team provide hands-on education in science, technology, engineering and math.

“They are building life skills,” she said.

Anyone wanting to vote can find a link on the team’s website, RoboKronos.org, or on the group’s Facebook page. The 59-second video is on the left side of the second row from the top.

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