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Rookie team wins third award



Published: Fri, June 7, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Members of the Canfield Circuit Birds team 4601 brought home The Rookie Inspiration Award from the FIRST Robotic Competition World Championship. Team members included, from left, (front) George Hoeferlin, Ben Wilson, Alex Nischwitz, Alex Tareshawty, Michael Messuri; (middle) Chris Halley, Allicia Taylor, Nick Crescimmano, Anthony Messuri, Donald Curtrer, Kyle Thompson, Bobby Hudock; (back) Paul Ugolini, Dominic Haniford, Pete Crescimmano, Marie Messuri, Bill Gibson, Mike Ramunno, Austin Hall and Dan Brown. Missing from photo is Sam Rantilla.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Members of the Canfield Circuit Birds team 4601 drive team are shown at the FIRST Robotic Competition World Championship. Members included, from left, Alex Tareshawty, Nick Crescimanno, George Hoeferlin and Michael Messuri.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.The Canfield Circuit Birds Team 4601 robot competed during The Ultimate Ascent at the FIRST Robotic Competition World Championship St. Louis, Mo.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

After winning the Rookie All Star Award at the FIRST Western Pennsylvania regional competition in Pittsburgh, which sent them to the FIRST Robotic Competition World Championship, Canfield Circuit Birds Team 4601 returned with their third award, The Rookie Inspiration Award, for spreading the word about engineers and engineering in their school and community.

The World Championship took place April 24-27 in St. Louis, Mo., at the Edward Jones Super Dome with 30 countries represented. Nearly 3,000 teams competed to qualify for the World Championship, but only 400 succeeded and rookie Team 4601 was one of them.

The team’s task was the same as at the regional, The Ultimate Ascent.

The robot is programmed to shoot frisbees at the goal and then climbs the pyramid for more points. The Circuit Birds placed second highest, scoring rookie and 25th out of 100 in their division of Galileo.

Their division went on to win the World Championship, meaning Team 4601 played the best of the best.

It is a high honor to win an award at the World Championship and the rookie team was presented with one.

The Circuit Birds won all three possible rookie awards after attending one regional and the World Championship.

“Going to the World Championship would not have been possible if not for the hard work of the team and the generosity of the community in showing their support by donating to Team 4601,” said Susan Messuri.


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