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Cloud Robotics Hackathon

Field Library serves as local venue for international event.

A small group of self proclaimed "tech-geeks" huddled over computers and boxes of parts in the children's room at the Field Library in Peekskill on Saturday morning as they participated in the Cloud Robotics Hackathon.

The international event continues tomorrow from 1-4 p.m. and includes hackers, programmers and tinkerers who create fun and useful robotic behaviours, according to their Web site, roboticshackathon.com.

In Peekskill, programmers from IBM and Philips Research joined several high school students as they built small robotic machines and programmed them to perform small operations.

Timothy Judge March 03, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Robotics competitions are great way to teach students the value of team work, critical thinking, problem solving, management skills, and good citizenship. Not only is this competition going on, but the Headless Horsebots team from the Sleepy Hollow Middle School recently came in third place in the NYS Regionals of the First Leggo League competition in Poughkeepsie, after advancing from the qualifying round earlier last month. This is the teams first year competing and the sponsorship of Philips Electronics was extreemly beneficial, and they are on track to advance even further next year.

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