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Grauer School Robots Team to Host Robotics Festival

The Grauer School Shockwave Robotics FIRST Team will host a robotics FIRST Tech Challenge Festival at The Grauer School on December 18, 2010 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Encinitas, CA, November 29, 2010 --( The Grauer School Shockwave Robotics FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Team will host a robotics FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Festival at The Grauer School located at 1500 South El Camino Real in Encinitas on December 18, 2010 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The festival is free and open to the public and those who wish to learn more about robotics are encouraged to attend. The primary focus of the event is to provide a platform for the participating robotics teams to run practice scrimmages in advance of preparing for the current FIRST championship season. There will be opportunities for the public to watch scrimmages as well as hands-on opportunities with robotics technology.

FIRST inspires young people to become science and technology leaders, by engaging them in mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. FTC is designed for those who want to compete head-to-head, utilizing a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Teams including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop a strategy and build robots based upon sound engineering principles.

According to Mary Linam, one of the event organizers and a Grauer School parent, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to engage in a showcase event that will inspire the community about the FIRST Robotics program. Last year the Grauer School team won the Tech Challenge Motivate Award twice; this award celebrates the team that exemplifies the essence of the competition through team spirit and enthusiasm. The team was also on the winning alliance at the FTC Championships in San Jose, CA, earning them a place to compete at the FIRST World Championships that were held in Atlanta, GA. We hope that this event at the school will encourage robotic advances and provide innovative inspiration to community spectators.”

The Grauer School is an independent grades 6-12 college preparatory day school; its students commit several thousand hours to humanitarian and ecological service annually, locally and globally. The School, now celebrating its 20th year in San Diego’s North County, is a UNESCO affiliated institution. To learn more about The Grauer School experience, visit or call 760/944-6777.

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