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Robotics Team Set to "Ring it Up" on Saturday

Tilton School will compete in its inaugural robotics competition this Saturday, February 2 at Andover High School in Andover, Mass.  The team, appropriately named "Rambotics," will compete against 14 other teams from around New England in the FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournament. 

During its first year as a recognized program at Tilton School, the nine-member team, under the direction of Science Department Chair David Gould, has been working since the fall toward events such as this.  The day-long event will begin with robot inspections and judging, move to a driver's meeting and then opening ceremonies and qualifying rounds.  Following lunch, teams will participate in the afternoon qualifying rounds, alliance selection and elimination matches.  The day will conclude with an Awards Ceremony.  

"I was so excited to get the idea of having a robotics team because I think it's going to do three things," said Head of School Peter Saliba.  "First, it is going to provide a creative outlet.  Second, it is going to challenge students in the areas of math and science, and in ingenuity and innovation and all those skills that are going to be required for the future of our country and of our world.  And finally, I love a good competition!  And that is why the robotics team is so important."  

According to the FIRST Tech Challenge's website, the organization's mission is to "Inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership."

For anyone interested in attending the competition, Andover High School is located on 80 Shawsheen Road in Andover, Mass.  The event is free and open to the public.  More information is available at