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East Islip Robotics Team Wins Build Award At Competition

Photo courtesy of East Islip School District

East Islip High School’s robotics team recently traveled to Bellmore’s John F. Kennedy High School to compete in this year’s VEX VRC Spin Up game. The all-day event featured over 45 teams from around the tri-state area. East Islip ranked in the top 10, performing at a very high level throughout the day and walking away with a special Build Award voted on by a panel of judges during the event. Students from the team were interviewed and asked specific questions about their design.

“It was my first time ever being a driver of the robot at an event, and I really enjoyed the challenges presented to me,” senior robotics student James Kelly said. “There is quite the difference between practicing in class and performing with the robot at a live event. I learned a lot and hope that during the next event we will perform at an even higher level.”

“I really enjoy these events because it’s a great way for all of the students involved to showcase their efforts and help positively represent the East Islip High School technology program and community,” robotics teacher and club adviser James Connell said.

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