CLIFTON PARK: Rocketeers rally behind robot

Barra said that Shenendehowa High School automatically qualifies for the FIRST robotics championship because it is one of the first 28 teams to participate in the FIRST robotics program.

Established in 1992, Team 20 boasts 60 students. Barra said that many students who participate in the program at Shenendehowa High School go on to pursue degrees in science and technology.

"One is going to Clarkson University," she said.

While the FIRST robotics program was established to motivate young people to pursue opportunities in science and technology, Team 20 mentor and Shenendehowa High School alum Brendan Brader, said that the program has taught students how to work in teams.

"It helps them with the teamwork aspect of things," said Brader, who is CEO of HostRocket.com and ViaTalk.

Winning aside, Barra said that she wants the students to have a good time. "It's the last time for seniors to participate," she said. "Though our sponsors would love us to win, I also want the kids to have a good time." ""

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