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Worcester Public School Robotics Teams to Compete at QCC Competition

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

Release Date: 
12/12/2007

Worcester Public School Robotics Teams to Compete at QCC Competition WORCESTER, Ma – On Saturday, December 15, thirty-seven robotics teams from the Worcester Public Schools will gather at Quinsigamond Community College to take part in the QCC Quad Quandary Robotics Competition.

The event, funded by a grant from the Microsoft Corporation, will bring Worcester high school, middle school, and selected elementary school students to QCC to participate in the city-wide competition. Currently, Worcester Public Schools has over 400 students throughout the district participating in robotics programs.

QCC’s Betty Lauer, associate professor of computer systems engineering technology, coordinates Quinsigamond’s piece. She states, “What most Worcester residents don’t know is that WPS as a whole is known as a ‘power house’ in robotics.  Last March at the Hartford FRC Regional competition, 4 of the 5 participating WPS teams landed in the final 8 alliances out of over 50 teams.  The Hartford FRC Regional is known as one of the toughest venues in FRC because of the experience of participating teams, where most have been involved for 10 or 15 years.  WPS have been involved only 3 years.  In every venue that the WPS participates in, a proud level of success is achieved.”

Saturday’s event will begin at 9:00am and will be held in the Hebert Auditorium on campus.

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.