Published On: Mon, Apr 6th, 2015

Israeli High Schoolers in International Robotics Competition Finals

In a preliminary round held in Maryland, the ORT students' robot, Rafiki, beat creations by 58 other teams from all over the world.

robotics team from the ORT Binyamina

Team 1690 Orbit, the robotics team from the ORT Binyamina High School in northern Israel, has made it to the finals of the 2015 FIRST international robotics competition for high school students.

FIRST’s mission is “to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”

FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

In a preliminary round held in Maryland, the ORT students’ robot, Rafiki, beat creations by 58 other teams from all over the world. Team 1690 Orbit was also awarded the Delphi Excellence in Engineering Award, which “celebrates an elegant and advantageous machine feature, ” for the planning of the robot’s mechanical systems and for Rafiki’s excellent performance in the competition.

The championship round is scheduled to take place April 22-25 in St. Louis,  Mo. The city of Binyamina plans to celebrate the young engineers’ achievement during this week’s Passover festivities.

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