10 home-schoolers honored for robotics
By KEVIN LANDRIGAN,
Published: Friday, Feb. 20, 2004
Photo by Kevin Jacobus
Fourteen-year-old Nathan Gray of Milford and Ben Streeter, 15, of
Bedford operate a robot during a demonstration at a press conference
for Mindstorms Mayhem, a junior robotics team of 10 home-schoolers from
Bedford, Hollis, Merrimack, Milford and Wilton.
CONCORD – The state Legislature honored the work of 10 home-school
students of middle-school age from Milford, Hollis, Bedford, Wilton and
Merrimack, who won a recent, robotics competition.
Mindstorms Mayhem team will represent the state as one of 54 teams
competing at an international competition this April in Atlanta.
At the invitation of
Republican Rep. Peyton Hinkle, the students performed the “Mission
Mars” program that won them the all-around award from the First Lego
League contest in
Nathan Streeter, 11, said
the group learned that powering a permanent base on Mars with
geothermal energy would work better than the solar energy that powers
the current rover on Mars.
“It’s very reliable and quite safe,” Streeter said.
The group set up a tax-exempt organization through Milford High School to raise the $10,000 needed to pay for the trip.
Systems is donating half the cost and Hinkle has made a contribution,
said Bill Gray, one of the two coaches along with Ken Streeter.
“It’s been great to see all the creativity in these kids come out from this,” Gray said.
students on the Mindstorms team are Melissa Gray, 10, of Milford;
Nathan Gray, 14, of Milford; Brian Jennings, 13, of Merrimack; Benjamin
Krupkin, 15, of Milford; Jacob Krupkin, 12, of Milford; David
Schunemann, 11, of Hollis; Benjamin Streeter, 15, of Bedford; Daniel
Umenhofer, 10, of Wilton; and Victoria Umenhofer, 13, of Wilton.