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Local robotics team headed to worldwide competition

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

Move over ultimate Frisbee players, there is a new "bot" in town.

A robot designed and built by the robotics team at Providence Career and Technical Academy to toss Frisbee's up to 90 feet took home the gold at a Saturday competition.

The team consisting of five high school students and three adult mentors had the best Frisbee tossing robot in a four day competition at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The Rhode Island team, "the Rhode Rebels," squared off against students from other schools from all over the northeast and one from Great Britain. Each team had 6-weeks to build the Frisbee tossing robot and then the kids competed to see whose robot could out "toss" the others.

The Rhode Island team built a robot that can toss a Frisbee up to 90 feet and 20 feet with near perfect accuracy.

After placing first in the regional competition the Rhode Island team will now move on to the Worldwide Championship April 24th to the 27th in St. Louis, Missouri but the need some help getting there.

To make it to the worldwide competition the team will need to raise approximately $20,000. Anyone interested in making a donation or learning more about the competition is encouraged to contact Bob Murphy at Bob.home@cox.net. Donations can be made out to the Providence Career and Technical Academy robotics team and they are 100% tax deductible.

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