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Sunday, May 01, 2016

Robotics Team Excels at World Championship

i2robotics, a team made up of nine Staples High School students, competed last week at the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Pictured are (bottom row, l-r) Annie Gao (senior), Theo Davis (freshman); (middle row) Phoebe Spear (junior), Peter Sauer (senior), Luke Sauer (sophomore), Julia Schorr (senior); (top row) Ben Davis (Jr.), Gregory Preiser,  (junior), and Joe Montuoro (senior.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization dedicated to increasing interest in science and engineering among elementary, middle, and high school students.

The championship included the top 128 teams out of approximately 4,500 from around the world.

i2robotics was recognized as one of six finalist teams for the PTC Design Award for industrial design, and for the THINK Award for best documenting the team’s design process and journey in their engineering notebook.

They were the first selection of a semi-finalist alliance in the robotics competition.

Team member Phoebe Spear was named one of ten FIRST Tech Challenge dean’s list winners, an award given to top student leaders in FIRST.

The team was also one of only four teams to be named a finalist for the Inspire Award, the most prestigious award given, and recognizes a team who best serves as a “role model” to other teams.

Factors taken into consideration for this award include robot design, community outreach, and innovation. (

Pictured are (bottom row, l-r) Annie Gao (senior), Theo Davis (freshman); (middle row) Phoebe Spear (junior), Peter Sauer (senior), Luke Sauer (sophomore), Julia Schorr (senior); (top row) Ben Davis (Jr.), Gregory Preiser,  (junior), and Joe Montuoro (senior.)

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