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McDonalds helps fuel Massena Central's Robotics team
On Thursday, Dec. 6, members of Massena Central’s robotics teams accepted a generous $400 donation from the Massena McDonalds to help fund the teams’ upcoming competitions.

President of the Robotics team Brianna Barley, Superintendent Roger B. Clough II, and Robotics leader Steven Robert received the check from McDonalds Managers Robyn O’Neill and Steven Sauvie in a brief ceremony at Massena High School.

“The Massena High School Robotics team would like to graciously thank McDonald’s Manager Robyn O’Neill and the Napoli Group for hosting again this year the McFun Night fundraiser for our team. We would also like to express our thanks to the numerous individuals, families and friends who stopped by McDonald’s to support our FIRST FRC robotics team during this fundraiser. The continued support from our community since we began in 1999 has been terrific and greatly appreciated. The money helps fund our travel expenses and helps to purchase tools and equipment used to build the robots. McDonald’s really helps us make a difference in our students’ lives,” said Mr. Robert.

“This is a great way for us to give back to the community and to tie it in with the kids,” said Ms. O’Neill.

Youth Robotics has been labeled a “varsity sport for the mind”. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) combines the excitement of a sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources and time limits, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand”, hone teamwork skills and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Basically, students design, build and program a 120-pound robot in six weeks.

“Many colleges and universities offer scholarships to high school students on FIRST teams. For 2013, there are over 148 scholarship providers that are making available over 780 individual scholarship opportunities with a total value of over $16 million,” said Mr. Robert.

Massena’s FIRST Robotics Team will be competing in the BAE Systems Granite State Regional in Manchester, NH from Feb 28-Mar 2.

“I thank Steve for his leadership and dedication to the technology program in the district. He cares about kids and puts a lot of extra time to make sure our kids and the program succeeds. We are lucky to have Mr. Robert in our district . This is about kids and helping our kids succeed. A message and teacher we can be proud to say works for MCSD," said Superintendent Roger B. Clough II.