President Obama honors local, all-girl robotics team
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Posted by: jennifer punch
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Posted: 10/18/2010 03:31:31 PM PDT
A Girl Scout robotics team from Arcadia is taking home top honors from the White House Science Fair this year.
Three of Rock n' Roll Robots' 10 members traveled to the nation's capital, where President Obama today presented them with an award for the best robot from a middle school team.
The award follows the team's success at a national FIRST Tech Challenge in April.
Following a rocky start in 2007, when they placed dead last in their first competition, the team has worked their way up, placing third, then second in the FIRST Tech Challenge world championships - where they also took home FTC's highest honor: the Inspire Award.
Several Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers help mentor Rock n' Roll Robots.
The White House Science Fair celebrates winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions. Winning student exhibitions were on display for the president, who congratulated the students and handed out awards for their work.
The Fair kicks off a week that will culminate with the USA Science and Engineering Festival on the National Mall and in 50 satellite locations, which is expected to engage more than a million people nationwide.
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