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February 17th 2010 - Windsor CT - Windsor's Robotics Team, Paragon 571, is working overtime to deliver robots and a website for this week's deadlines.

February 17th 2010 - Windsor CT - Windsor's Robotics Team, Paragon 571, is working overtime to deliver robots and a website for this week's deadlines.
It takes a wide range of skills to make an operation like this work. This year's challenge is to build a robot that is both remote-controlled and autonomous.

They'll compete in a futuristic basketball/soccer game with obstacles and other teammates. Just understanding the game is a challenge. Building a robot for the competition requires a big team and a full sized shop.

"I would have loved to be a part of this organization as a kid. Today, I love to see the energy and dedication they put into their projects."
- John Waiveris, Invisible Gold, LLC.

There are subgroups for mechanical, electrical, software, graphics, pit design, not to mention food, spirit, marketing, and administration. Everyone has a place so it appeals to a wide range of students with opportunities that are rare in a traditional classroom.

"I got to be a mentor in the website group. It's exciting to see a team pull together and get into a groove. The best part is that they built this website themselves." - John Waiveris, Invisible Gold, LLC.

And it's not just about building robots; this is run like a business. It can be expensive to run a full sized shop and to take trips to regional competitions. There is community outreach, fundraisers, sponsorships, and marketing.

For more information about Team Paragon and to follow the competitions, visit, www.team-paragon.org.

For more information about the robotics competitions organized by FIRST, visit www.usfirst.org.