Kids Get A Day At Camp With The Millbury Robotics Team

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Local Millbury students put the MHS Vex Team robot through its paces during a camp held Friday at Millbury High. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri
Nickie Machacz (right) shows one of the students how to operate the robot. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri
While one robot "rolls up" bean bags, the other grabs them using a claw. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri

MILLBURY, Mass. — The Millbury High School VEX Robotics Team was a busy group Friday, running a Robotics and Science Camp for 17 vacationing students from the Millbury school district.

Robotics team members helped mentor the younger students under the direction of coach Bruce Rawley. The purpose of the day-long camp was three-fold:

  • Generate interest in the robotics team
  • Find new team members
  • Generate funds for the Millbury team to go to the High School World Championships in Anaheim, Calif., April 17-20 during school vacation.

The students stayed busy, working in two groups with a computer design program and finally getting to put the team’s robots through the paces. The students were also treated to a pizza lunch and a few minutes of dodge ball  to burn off a little energy during a break.

"These kids are having fun putting the robot through the paces and they get a chance to learn a lot at the same time, Rawley said. "We may see of them on the team in the future, and it’s an important fundraiser for the team as well."

In just a few years, the Millbury Robotics Team has gone from a rookie team to a two-time world championship qualifier, and has won both Design and Excellence awards while routinely competing against much larger schools.

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