Gates warehouse becomes another world for FIRST robotics teams

February 16, 2019 06:58 PM

GATES, N.Y. (WHEC)- A Gates warehouse is now an alien landscape for Rochester area technology students.

On Saturday, robotics teams from Hilton, Spencerport and Churchville schools held opening ceremonies and put their robots to work in a brand new practice space as they prepare to contend in the national "FIRST" Robotics "Destination Deep Space" competition.

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This year, teams are supposed to build robots that can load cargo bays on a spaceship on an alien planet. 

Those cargo bays have now been built out of wood in a new bigger, more comfortable practice space so students can try their robots out. 

"This year we have heating, we have a full field [on] both sides, everything is looking really good this year," says Kayla Stein, a Team Leader.

"We want robots to run,' says Spencerport FIRST coordinator Joe Gallina, "We want robots to be successful and we are not producing just winners and champions today, but kids through this are going to go on and do amazing things in the world. We are producing champions for tomorrow."

The practice space is a joint project of the three school systems. The students have been working on their robots for six weeks since the start of FIRST competition. 

They have less than a month left to get them ready, the Finger Lakes Regional Competition will start on March 15 at RIT. 


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