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CAMS Robotics Earns National Prize

A team of 17 students from the California Academy of Mathematics and Science won a top award at a recent robotics competition in St. Louis, Mo.

The students created a 120-pound robot designed to lift and place tubes shaped as triangles, circles and squares in the FIRST Robotics Championship, according to CAMS physics and digital electronics teacher Ted Harder.

FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology, was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, whose inventions include the Segway electric self-balancing human transporter.

The CAMS students won the Entrepreneurship Award.  The award celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and recognizes a team that develops a business plan to achieve objectives.  The winning team displays “entrepreneurial enthusiasm and vital business skills,” Harder said.

In 2000, CAMS Robotics was started as a student club to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition.  Since then CAMS Robotics has expanded to compete in VEX Robotics (vexrobotics.com) and Marine Advanced Technology (MATE) Remotely Operated Vehicle (marinetech.org).

CAMS, a high school run by the Long Beach Unified School District on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills, placed 22nd out of 21,000 public high schools nationwide in the most recent U.S. News and World Report ranking of America’s top high schools.