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Mountain Home Students to Take Part in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Robotics team #16 (The Bomb Squad) to ride float with confetti-shooting robot.
NEW YORK, NY (News release) - At this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Arkansas’ own young robotics stars will be leading the way. 

Four students from Mountain Home High School’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics team #16 (The Bomb Squad,) have been chosen to join four other teams representing the not-for profit organization in the legendary parade. 

Their robot will be joining them too, created and modified by the students to shoot confetti into the air as they drive it down the parade route at the front of the procession.  

Mountain Home’s team #16, which is sponsored by Baxter International Inc., is one of the earliest established FIRST groups and won last year’s FIRST Robotics World Championships. 

With the help of Baxter scientists and engineers who volunteer with the team, the students create innovative robots while building science, engineering and technology skills and fostering self-confidence, communication and leadership strengths in the process.  

Click here to read more about their championship win: http://www.baxter.com/press_room/features/2012/first_robotics.html. 

Additional information about FIRST’s participation in the parade can also be found in this press release: http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/robots-come-first-at-macys-thanksgiving-day-parade.

For nearly a century, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been the official kick-off to the holiday season. Every year, this Emmy® Award winning tradition is seen by more than 3.5 million people in New York and 50 million people at home, all tuned in to see giant balloons, one-of-a-kind floats, and now - robots!

“We are extremely excited and thankful for this unique opportunity that Macy’s has given us,” said FIRST Founder, Dean Kamen. “Tuning into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an American tradition, and this year the first thing people will see in the parade is FIRST. Thanks to Macy’s, we have the chance to pique the curiosity of millions of young people, as well as potential Mentors, Sponsors, and Volunteers.”

Robots are no longer a sci-fi fantasy; in recent years, robots have become commonplace in many aspects of life, from cleaning floors to teaching in the classroom. Macy’s recognizes the importance and relevance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to their customers. Moreover, the company is sensitive to the need for STEM-workforce development, and understands that the key to expanding these fields is to inspire young people to take an interest in them.

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