Lancaster robotics teams organize

From left are (front row) Bridger Vanderpool, Mar-Taz Williams and Katherine Bavuso; (next row) Eli Pittman, Jonathan Lee, Andrew Apple, Belle Bean, Arthur Bowers and Christian Smith; (next row) Ella Posey, Kelvin Davis, Mar’Lecia Williams, Christian Bowers, John-Liam McClain and Kevin Bean. Roman Cutler also participates.

Two robotics teams of 15 students each from Lancaster High School and Lancaster Middle School will participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), an annual international robotics competition.

The Lancaster robotics teams were formed by parent volunteers Katherine Bavuso and Jessica Cutler, in conjunction with the Lancaster County Public School system, to encourage extracurricular participation in STEM activities for sixth through twelfth grade students.

“Our mission is to create opportunities for economically disadvantaged youth and for youth from groups still under represented in the STEM fields to gain technical, communication and problem solving skills that will enhance their post-secondary educational and career options,” said Bavuso. “Another major focus is building relationships and understanding between diverse groups of students as they work together toward a common goal.”

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Rappahannock Record at newsstands throughout the area, or sign up HERE to receive the print edition by mail and/or the e-Edition on your computer, tablet and smart phone.