Students in Patchogue-Medford High School’s Robotics Team 329 will be going to St. Louis, MO for nationals after winning the Regional Chairman award Saturday at Hofstra University.
The team competed against 49 other schools from Long Island, Staten Island and New Jersey at the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Long Island regional competition said Danielle Oldis, advisor for the team. In April, Team 329 will be one of 44 regional chairman’s award winners in St. Louis competing for the national chairman’s award.
Similar to their , the team is being recognized by the FIRST organization for their team spirit. The Chairman’s Award is given to the team that, according to competition judges, best emulates a model that other FIRST robotics teams should represent. The award will advance the team to the nationwide final even though the team's Twitter account reported being eliminated during the competition rounds
The club does a variety of outreach programs in addition to robotics competition. The team recently built water purification units for four schools and one church/community center in Haiti, which according to the team’s website, should provide 40,000 liters of drinking water.
Check and of Team 329 and their 2010 competition robot.