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CHATSWORTH WHIZ KIDS TAKE NATIONAL PRIZE FOR ROBOTICS.



Byline: Dana Bartholomew Staff Writer

CHATSWORTH - Chatsworth High School robot makers won top national honors in Florida this past weekend for a science program recognized for mentoring younger students, officials said Monday.

By winning the FIRST National Robotics Championship Chairman's Award in Orlando on Saturday, Chatsworth High swept a field of 336 finalists for the prestigious prize.

``This is the biggest award FIRST has that every team in the country is shooting for,'' said Jason Morrella, West Coast organizer for FIRST, a nonprofit New Hampshire-based organization whose goal is to motivate students to study science in college.

``They were recognized for having the top team in the nation. What they pulled off is amazing a·maze  
v. a·mazed, a·maz·ing, a·maz·es

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1. To affect with great wonder; astonish. See Synonyms at surprise.

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Chatsworth is one of 550 schools nationwide that builds competitive robots under the auspices of the organization, whose acronym signifies For Inspiration and Recognition for Science and Technology.

Under the direction of science teacher Wendy Wooten, Chatsworth placed in the middle of its division Saturday for a contraption designed to perform near-impossible tasks with beach- and weather-balloon-size balls in under two minutes.

But the whiz-kids were recognized for a much greater feat: As science gurus for San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley

Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills.
 high school robot competitors and for mentoring a dozen middle school teams.

``We are very proud. L.A. Unified always likes to bring home a winner,'' said Deborah Leidner, superintendent of the northwest Valley district that includes Chatsworth High. ``Not only do they have a good team, but they sponsor other teams at other schools.

``It's a credit to them.''

The Chatsworth High robotics team is underwritten by a $45,000 grant from local industries.

Two Redondo Beach Redondo Beach (rĭdŏn`dō), city (1990 pop. 60,167), Los Angeles co., S Calif., on the Pacific Ocean; inc. 1892. Once a commercial port for Los Angeles, it is a residential and resort city with a protected harbor and an excellent marina.  High Schools, Redondo Union High School Redondo Union High School is a public high school in Redondo Beach, California.

Redondo Union High School is a part of the Redondo Beach Unified School District. All residents of Redondo Beach are zoned to Redondo Union.
 and Mira Costa High School Mira Costa High School (MCHS), (Costa) is a secondary school located in Manhattan Beach, California which first began operating in its city in 1950.

Mira Costa is ranked as the 214th Best high school in the United States according to MSNBC's Best 1000 High Schools.
 - won the National Champion award for best robot, a team honor shared by five high schools that commandeered the winning machine.

Lancaster High School Lancaster High School may refer to:
  • Lancaster High School (Lancaster, California)
  • Lancaster High School (Lancaster, New York)
  • Lancaster High School (Lancaster, Texas) in Lancaster, Texas
  • Lancaster High School (Ohio) in Lancaster, Ohio
, whose team worked through energy-crisis blackouts to cobble together cobble together
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[-bling, -bled] to put together clumsily: a coalition cobbled together from parties with widely differing aims

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 their robot, finished 74th out of 85 schools in its division.
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