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October 8, 2013 > Return of the Robots!

Return of the Robots!

Submitted By T R Newcomb

The evening of September 28 was a very special day for the Mattos Elementary School community as it featured the second annual Robotics Night. Two Fremont-based high school robotics teams demonstrated their mechanical creations and allowed Mattos students an opportunity to experience the excitement and challenges of controlling a robot. Teams brought their robotic constructions to thrill and educate the students and parents. The event has become popular and over one hundred students and parents filled the schoolÕs multi-use room to see the presentations.

The teams, Fremont-based Insomniacs Team 2489 and Infinity Robotics Team 5151, explained the events in which they participate, addressed how teams are organized and demonstrated robots in action. Raffle winners were given a chance to control the robots. As one second-grade raffle winner said, ÒIt was awesome! My favorite part was where I got to control the robots!Ó

Principal Liza Muzaffery was pleased by the event, saying, ÒOnce again, the tireless efforts of the Mattos community inspire our students!Ó

The Insomniacs Team 2489 has been in existence since 2008. It is based in Fremont and their website is http://www.team2489.org. Entry is open to any high school age student in Fremont and the team is principally mentored by Mark Edelman. Infinity Robotics Team 5151, Fremont, was established in 2012. Their website is http://infinityrobotics.org. For more information on FIRST Robotics competitions, in which both teams compete, visit http://www.usfirst.org.

Mattos Elementary is the sole science magnet school in the Fremont Unified School District; the schoolÕs program is called ÒSoaring into Science.Ó Mattos offers its students a dedicated Science Specialist, a science laboratory for grades 1 - 6 and holds at least three science-oriented events each year for its students. To learn more about the school and its science program, please visit the school website at http://www.fremont.k12.ca.us/Domain/1173.

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