UPTON, NY - A team of
students from William Floyd High School has won both a silver
medal for being a member of the runner-up alliance and a medal for
having the best team spirit in the recent Long Island Regional
Robotics Competition held at Suffolk County Community College.
Fourteen engineering and fabrication staff members from the U.S.
Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory helped the
team build their robot for the contest, which was sponsored by
FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,
a nonprofit organization based in New Hampshire.
Thirty-three teams from
Long Island schools participated in the local competition, one of
fifteen held throughout the nation. Earlier this year, the William
Floyd team competed in a regional contest in Hartford,
Connecticut, where they placed in the top third, competing against
53 teams. They will also enter a regional competition to be held
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from March 22 through 24.
With their champion robot are three William Floyd robotics team
officers: (from left) Hamerton Jeanty, president; Beth Marie
Henninger, secretary; and Gregory Lombardo, vice president. In the
background (from left) are William Guiducci, William Floyd School
District; Lisa Platania, Computer Associates (CA), holding an
enlarged replica of a check for $5,000 that CA donated to William
Floyd to help underwrite the cost of the contest; and Richard
Spellman, Brookhaven Lab, who headed the Laboratory's effort to
build the robot with Brookhaven staff and William Floyd High
School teachers and students.