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South Philly Rambots seek FIRST place finish

A Lower Moyamensing high school is seeking funds to send its award-winning robotics team to next week’s national championship.

By Joseph Myers
Add Comment  |  Posted Apr. 20, 2011

Norman Wallace, foreground, and Omoro Kantamanto have served as vital parts of their school’s robotics squad. Success at a competition two weeks ago has the students poised to show their scientific skills to the nation.

Photo by Greg Bezanis

Many contend that technology is dividing humanity and weakening its collective intellect. For the South Philly Rambots, the discipline is doing the opposite, fostering camaraderie and making ingenuity even more possible.

The 15 students at South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St., have embraced technology, and it has reciprocated, as they have qualified for the April 28 to 30 U.S. FIRST — For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology — Robotics FRC National Championship at the St. Louis-based Edward Jones Dome.

The Rambots, who have partaken in competitions since their 2009 inception, earned a chance to travel by reaching the semifinals of the Philadelphia Regional FIRST Final at Temple University’s Liacouras Center. Their April 7 to 8 success, which landed them the tournament’s Rookie All-Star Award, will, finances permitting, take them to the Midwest to test their creation, the Ramboogie, against other notable machines.

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