After months of hard work to prepare, Pierson High Schools Robotics team, named Team 28, traveled to Albany on March 13-16 for the first of two competitions. Susan McCarthy, the team’s coach and a history teacher at the school, lead the students representing Pierson in its 27th year of participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition.
In between sessions, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. stopped by the Pierson Robotics tent to speak with the students. Pierson students were excited to hear from Assemblyman Thiele who is a Pierson alumnus and whose son is also an alumnus and past competitor for Team 28, explained McCarthy.
McCarthy was also pleased to announce that Pierson’s Robotics Team was awarded a $6,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. According to their website, the Gene Haas Foundation was established to help aid local communities by supporting the growing need for skilled manufacturing employees industry wide. The grant will help the Pierson Robotics Team with travel expenses, materials, and scholarships for college bound students.