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PMSA’s Monty Pythons Gear Up for the Big Competition

PMSA’s Monty Pythons are gearing up for this year’s Regional Robotics Competition where their science, engineering, and team building skills will be put to the ultimate test.

The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Midwest Regional is an intense three-day competition that showcases robots developed and operated by dozens of high school robotics teams from all over the world.  This year, the Monty Pythons are ready. They are armed with power club sponsors, a strong team, and a robot made of steel. After putting in a great deal of hard work, students say they are looking forward to the competition.

“This has been the best build season of our Robotics career,” said PMSA junior Blake Comenduley. “I wired that thing, and I know what it can do. We’re a lot further ahead than we were last year during this time.  We all came together. PMSA students of all grade levels are here on the team. It’s been fun, and we are going to do well. Our robot is built like a tank.”

Students say they are much further ahead than they have ever been. This year, the team welcomed new sponsors who have coached them in programming, engineering, and design.

“This year we have been learning a lot,” said PMSA senior Joseph Arreola. “We had great sponsors to come in and teach us both the programming part and how to build. Our robot is built like a tank. We’ll definitely make it into the top 10.”

With new skills, new teammates, and a sturdy head start, team members are bracing themselves for a Python victory.

“This year we have really come together as a team,” said PMSA sophomore Allison Ernst. “Our robot is as sturdy as a rock. I think we are going to go far in this year’s competition. We’ll definitely be the leaders.”

The Midwest Regional's goal is to show that science and engineering can be exciting and fun by providing a spectator-friendly competition environment that has the feel of both a major sporting event and a rock concert, complete with special lighting, music, a large video wall, and energetic announcers. To find out how you can support the Monty Pythons, please contact PMSA at 708.335.4168.

All FIRST Robotics Competition events are free and open to the public. The event takes place at the UIC Pavilion March 24 – 26, 2011.

Good luck Monty Pythons! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!

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