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QCC Students Mentor National Champion Robotics Team

Contact: Cherie Ronayne
Office of Institutional Communications
508.854.2849
cronayne [at] qcc.mass.edu

Release Date: 
4/27/2007

WORCESTER, Mass. – Two Quinsigamond Community College students were mentors to a local high school robotics team that won the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Atlanta, GA.  The event was the climax to months of competition involving more than 1,300 teams from the United States and six other nations, including Brazil, Canada, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Team 190 of the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science took home their first world championship in 16 years.  Erik Macchi and Ciarán Murphy, sophomores at QCC, were two mentors to the team.  While most other teams are mentored by professional engineers, all of the mentors on Team 190 are college students, including Macchi and Murphy of QCC.

Quinsigamond students were also instrumental in mentoring a number of Worcester Public School robotics teams. In particular, students mentored the ALL School, North High, and Worcester Tech teams, which reached the finals at the Hartford Regional Competition earlier this year.

Quinsigamond Community College is the most affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC serves the diverse educational needs of Central Massachusetts by providing affordable, accessible, and high quality programming leading to transfer, career, and lifelong learning.