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Robot rolls into council chambers

Hillsboro City Council meetings are open to the public, but on Sept. 16 there was a visitor of a different sort.Photo Credit: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: DOUG BURKHARDT - The Glencoe High School robotics team demonstrates how the robot they designed can throw a ball. Team members brought their robot to the Hillsboro Civic Center for a demonstration in front of the city council.

Members of Glencoe High School’s “Team Shockwave” provided a demonstration of the robot they built last school year for a robotics competition in front of the mayor and city councilors.

The 2014 team, coached by Chris Steiner and Williane Tenca, enjoyed success by qualifying for the FIRST World Championship competition.

Team members traveled to St. Louis, Mo., for the world robotics championships in April, where they were a Galileo division finalist and won the No. 1 Pit Safety Award.

“We won’t learn the new challenge until January, and we start competing again starting in late February,” Steiner said. “In the meantime, we’re training students to learn new skills and actively working with elementary and middle school kids in the community to give them experience and interest in robotics.”

According to Steiner, the team for this school year is just now gearing up.

“Our community outreach program is quite robust this time of year and was recognized last year with a tournament Chairman’s Award,” Steiner added.

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