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Local Robotics Team Looking for Members

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) -- A local robotics team is looking to recruit some new members.

"Mechanical Meltdown" is a Schuyler county-based team, made up of students in grades seven through twelve.

The team is part of the Finger Lakes Area Robotics Education, FLARE, Program.

"[They learn] public speaking skills, leadership skills, real-world skills you just don't get in school," says Coach Kathy Gascon. "[There's a] huge change in actually a lot of them."

Students feel the same.

"I've learned how to problem solve," says Kishan Patel, a member of Mechanical Meltdown. "In programming, you might face multiple challenges and you have to work through that. The best solutions we've come up with are normally when we work together as a team and when we all have different ideas and we collaborate."

The program allows students to explore a range of different interests and skills, from engineering to social media skills. Some of the other tasks students are given: 3-D printing, math and science skills, public speaking and photography.

But most of all, the program works to help students build leadership skills, develop team building and of course, make it fun.

Back in April, the group traveled for Detroit for the World Robotics Competition, finishing 32nd out of 128 teams.

Often times, the teens don't have much background in robotics, which has them encouraging anyone may have an interest to give it a try.

"Some may have had a junior robotics team at school, but we get a lot of youth who have never had a robotics program," says Coach Roger Ort. "Some are just beginning and others, our seniors who are about to graduate, have had seven years with us."

You can find more information on FLARE and how to get involved through their Facebook page. 

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