Pine-Richland HS team wins National Robotics League championship

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Evan Clark’s students at Pine-Richland High School weren’t even born when robots R2D2 and C-3PO were part of the main cast in the 1977 blockbuster movie “Star Wars.”

The droids, or “humanoids,” were science fiction then, but nearly 40 years later robots are a very real and growing part of U.S. and global manufacturing, not to mention Clark’s advanced robotics and computer integrated manufacturing classes.

Those classes have now been enhanced further with a state-of-the-art robotic arm like the ones used in manufacturing.

The Pine-Richland School District, Allegheny County, has embraced robotics for years with great success; a team from the high school won the 2016 National Robotics League’s national championship. Students have been learning on the VEX Robotics Design System that is geared for educational platforms, but the robotic arm provides training on real-world, cutting-edge technology.

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