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Peekskill High School's Robotics Team Makes A Name For Itself

Judges watch as Peekskill's Iron Devils present their machine.
Judges watch as Peekskill's Iron Devils present their machine. Photo Credit: Peekskill City School District

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Peekskill High School's new robotics team, The Iron Devils, is off to a quick start and has made a name for itself among its peers.

After coming in 13th at its competition debut during last month’s FTC Robotics Competition held at Riverside High School in Yonkers, the team has shown it has a serious skill for engineering by coming in fourth of 12 competing teams at the Regional "Rube Goldberg Competition" at the 12th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO in March 22 at White Plains High School.

The event, which is the largest of its kind in our area, hosted student engineers from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Six Peekskill students, along with their robotics teacher Carlo Vidrini, attended the competition to represent the class, whose members all contributed to the building of the Iron Devils' “contraption.”

The contest required each participant’s machine to use a minimum of 20 steps to erase a blackboard. In Vidrini’s class, each student was assigned a task, whether it be sketching the machine’s design, recording results or building the actual contraption.

At the competition, the students were also asked to submit a written step by step manual explaining why the machine was constructed the way that it was. Vidrini’s students chose to use common household items such as mouse traps, cups, Velcro, and a desk lamp to make their machine, and were the only team of the 12 contestants to have their contraption successfully complete the full 20 steps without any manual intervention.

“As the Robotics teacher, I could not be prouder of the Iron Devils,” Vidrini said. “I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all of their families for their support.”

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