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Matthew Covert and David Woodham prepare the robot for competition. (click for larger version)
November 24, 2010 - The STARS team of Sashabaw Middle School put their problem-solving skills to the test, in FIRST Lego League competition, Nov. 20.

It was a test they passed, earning one of 13 spots in the Championship Tournament, Dec. 11 at Carman Ainsworth Middle School. They will compete against 47 additional teams also advancing from regional tournaments.

"I'm very proud of my team and we're gearing up for another competition," said Kathy McCarty, team coach along with Tom Imirowicz.

STARS, Super Thoroughly Awesome Robotic Scientists, researched hearing loss in teenagers as part of the competition's Body Forward theme on bio-engineering.

FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is geared for students ages 9-14. STARS, in its third year, was one of five Clarkston teams at the competition at Carman Ainsworth Middle School.

Teams program a Lego NXT robot to perform a set of missions to gain points.

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From left, STARS David Woodham, Michael McCarty, Alex Skene, Trevor Chamberlain, Brandon Imirowicz, Matthew Covert, Connor Kornas, and AJ Moss interview with judges. Photos by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)
They also complete a reseach project and present this to a team of judges. They must pick a topic and come up with a feasible solution or an improvement on a current solution.

Phil Custodio

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