Award winning robots in Bucks County

February 8, 2008 3:52:32 PM PST
High school students in the Palisades High School Cybersonics Technology Team have been getting attention for their work with robotics. "They believe that hardwork really does get you somewhere," Davide Beck, the team adviser, said.

They are an impressive group of young people in a tiny school, nestled between farm fields and a state park. Now, the school comprises one of the best robotics teams in the world.

"I've met kids from Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico. There are teams in Israel," Cybersonics president, Cassie Beck, said.

The Cypersonics Team has defeated nearly all of the others in competitions where the robots are judged on speed, agility, design, and power.

The trophy case is filled to the brim with Cybersonic's conquests.

The teenagers insist the whole experience is not about winning.

"It's not like any other sport. It's unique in that you want to go out there and have as much fun as possible, and winning is just a plus," Brian Taylor, programmer, said.

The other "plus" is how this program sets up these students for the future.

Past Cybersonic Team members have continued their educations in math, science, and engineering at schools like MIT, Johns Hopkins, and Tufts University.

The team is working on a brand new robot for a regional competition at the Sovereign Bank Arena later this month.

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