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FIRST Robotics Group Repeats as Team Spirit Winner

Fayette Public Schools 01 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (4/15/14) — The FIRST Robotics Competition group from Fayette County received the Team Spirit Award at the Smoky Mountain Regional, just as it did last spring, and Dunbar’s James Birchfield was tapped as a Dean’s List Award finalist for 2014.

James is invited to the FRC World Championship April 24 - 26 in St. Louis, where 10 winners will be named.  

In this year’s challenge, “Aerial Assist,” alliances of three robots each competed on a flat 25x54-foot field, straddled by a lighting truss suspended 5 feet above the floor. The objective was to score as many balls in goals as possible during a 2½-minute match. The Smoky Mountain Regional was March 27 - 29 in Knoxville, Tenn., and the Fayette group received a $5,000 sponsorship through NASA’s Robotics Alliance Project.

FIRST stands for “For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”

The Fayette County FRC team is open to all the high schools in Lexington, and Lexmark engineers mentor the students.

This year’s team includes Jan Balk, James Birchfield, Beth Anne Brumfield, Yang Chen, Nick Cooney, Sabby Dhar, Zach Estus, Yutong Gu, Bhavani Gudlavalleti, Dean Hadi, Seony Han, Madison Hopkins, Morgan Hopkins, Sarah Jeoung, Ronit Kar, Connor Krolak, Andrew Lee, Steven Liu, Theo Livas, Shankar Murthy, Nisarg Patil, Reagan Prater, Monon Rahman, Joseph Schneider, Ben Xie, Jared Young, Adil Yusif, Eric Zhang and Eric Zhou. All are students at Dunbar.

For more information, contact co-sponsor This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

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