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High School Robotics Teams Compete at Otterbein University

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May 25, 2017
Contact: Jenny Hill, or (614) 823-1284
High School Robotics Teams Compete at Otterbein University
Westerville, OH—Forty-four high school robotics clubs will compete in the WOW District Championship from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, in the Rike Center at Otterbein University. The WOW Alliance consists of FIRST Robotics teams from West Virginia, Ohio and Western/Central Pennsylvania. WOW is hosted by the PAST Foundation.
The teams competed this past season in regional events around the country.  Based on this season’s results, teams qualified for an invitation to participate in the WOW District Championship. For more details on the event, including details about the game, go to
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, New Hampshire, FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. FIRST provides the FIRST Robotics Competition for high school students, FIRST Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12, FIRST LEGO League for Grades 4-8, and FIRST LEGO League Jr. for Grades K-3.  For more information, visit
The Point at Otterbein University, a STEAM innovation center, is home to Educational Robotics of Central Ohio (ERCO), a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity supporting students in their pursuit of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through our leadership, sponsorship and support of FIRST.
Otterbein University is a small private university nationally-recognized for its intentional blending of liberal arts and professional studies through its renowned Integrative Studies curriculum and its commitments to experiential learning and community engagement. Otterbein is a recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Community Service Classification; a finalist for the 2014 President’s Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service; and has been honored With Distinction by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the list’s inception in 2006. It stands in its category’s top 10 percent in U.S. News & World Report’s guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” Otterbein offers more than 70 undergraduate majors; seven master’s programs; and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). Its picturesque campus is perfectly situated in Westerville, Ohio, America’s fifth friendliest town (Forbes), just minutes from Columbus, the 15th largest city in the country. Otterbein’s commitment to opportunity started with its founding in 1847 as one of the nation’s first universities to welcome women and persons of color to its community of teachers and learners, which now numbers 2,400 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. Otterbein remains committed to its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its spirit of inclusion, and welcomes people of all backgrounds to Otterbein’s Model Community. To learn more about Otterbein, visit

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Gary Gardiner

Former newspaper and Associated Press photographer. Instructor at Westerville Center for Photography. Owns SmallTown Stock, the Reasonably Rights Managed stock photo agency. Founder and Director for The American Scene Project, a heritage project dedicated to exhibiting and preserving photography of everyday American life.

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