Ayer Shirley Regional High School Robotics Team 4905 and Andromeda One - the robot the 23 students and 20 mentors built together in six weeks - are having an amazing competitive season as the team gears up for its fourth event next week.

After placing 9th among 39 competitors at Worcester Polytech, the team earned its second "Rookie All Star Award" at the New England District Championship in Boston last weekend. Now, the rookie Robotics Team is headed for the World Championships in St. Louis.

Competitive drive and teamwork are among the many program perks these enthusiastic, enterprising and inventive students can add to their resumes going forward.

According to descriptive program literature, the Robotics Program "opens doors" as students learn job skills, problem solving and life skills and benefit from positive student-mentor role models.

The team's stated mission is to "strive to learn and grow as a diverse team of students, professionals and parents as we work together to build a robot that will bring pride to our team, our school and our community."

Besides the competition circuit during the school year, the team has a full calendar of events lined up to take Andromeda One on the road, including presentations and demonstrations at an upcoming Ayer Shirley School Committee meeting, the Janice Bresnahan 5K Run for Education in Ayer; Holdenwood Trail Run in Shirley, the Shirley Hoe Down and Ayer's 4th of July celebration.


Team Sponsors: NASA, Consigli Construction, Boston Scientific, the Ayer Shirley Education Foundation, BAE Systems, ECI Technologies, MegaWave, Bemis Assoc., Staples, Ayer Auto Trim, Mac's Welding & Fabrication and Ayer Oil Co.

-- M.E. Jones and Dina Samfield