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Billerica on a quest for robotic glory

Billerica High School students competing in the FIRST FRC Robotics competition include, from left, Matthew Moore, 15, Zaineb Abdulmagid, 17, Amy Comeau, 18, Tom Wiggins, 17, Chris Comeau, 14, Nick Barbas, Buy Levitra Uk 16, and Jonathan Sanchez ,15. They are shown with the large ball and the goal it has to "Jintropin China Supplier" go into. SUN PHOTOS/DAVID H. BROW

BILLERICA The students didn't want to leave.

During February vacation, Cheap Kamagra Uk Supplier when some students enjoy the sunshine in Florida or catch up on their favorite TV show, members of Billerica Bionics raced against the clock yet again at the high school.

"Whatever hours the school Günstig Kamagra Oral Jelly Kaufen is open during vacation, we're in here," said Amy Comeau, 18, a senior at the high school. "This is a real exciting time for us."

The first ever robotics team at the high school is getting ready for its debut competition against New England teams at Nashua South High School, starting Thursday. The FIRST FRC international competition combines the Acquistare Kamagra In Farmacia "excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology," according to the competition website.

For the last six weeks, the Billerica team has been building and programming a robot to perform specific tasks against competitors.

"Six weeks ago, I never imagined we could have gotten this much done," said Billerica physics teacher and program mentor Jeffrey Beckford, who graduated from the school in 2006. "We've come a long way."

The student participants, along with volunteer professional mentors, have "buy cheap jintropin online" spent countless hours in the old auto shop at the high school.

"It's been intense," Comeau said. "On Jan. 4, we learned what the robot task would be for the competition, and it's been a ton of work since then."

The task is for the robot to take a 2 foot exercise ball and put it in a goal. There are low goals on the ground and also high goals on the 60 foot field. Each match lasts 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Team members include, from left, Nick Barbas, Jonathan Sanchez, Chris Comeau, Amy Comeau, Matthew Moore, Zaineb Abdulmagid and Tom Wiggins. Sun/David H. Brow

"As a rookie team, with a very steep learning curve ahead of us, we went with a strong and fast one because it's a bit easier to build for a first model," said Beckford, who has taught at the high school since 2010. "We wanted to keep it simple.

"You "Jintropin China Supplier" don't want a robot that tries to do everything but can't do anything," he added. "Speed will be our friend, and if we need to shoot, we can."

A team partners with two random squads during the competition, so it's three robots versus three robots in each round robin game. Comeau said it will be important to communicate with other teams, so they can score points through passing.

"It should be a lot of fun," she said. "I don't know exactly what it will be like since it's our first one, but I'll never forget it, that's for sure. The atmosphere will be awesome, and seeing how all the other teams made their robots will be cool."

After the late February competition in Nashua, the team is heading to Worcester Polytechnic Institute in March as a Cheap Lovegra Uk second shot to advance in the FIRST FRC international competition. Teams from Canada, Mexico and Israel compete in the robot competition, a field that won't stop growing.

"It's cool to see how big this is becoming," Beckford said. "Many robot companies, like iRobot, are moving up to the area, and UMass Lowell is invested in it."

Volunteer professional mentors from iRobot and Raytheon have helped the students with the project.

In addition, area companies have helped sponsor them, donating $18,000 to Billerica Bionics.

"We stay in contact with our sponsors about our progress, and next year, we're hoping for even more grants," Comeau said. "We can then go to companies and show them what we accomplished.

"We're also looking to go to Marshall and Locke Middle Schools to get kids excited about the high school program," she added. "The more the merrier."

The team participants from the high school are Comeau, Zaineb Abdulmagid, Matthew Moore, Chris Comeau, Jonathan Sanchez, Chris Souza, Nick Barbas, Nilay Patel, Edmond Behaeghel and Kelly Gibbs.