Huntington High School robotics team members showed just how much they care about their community by volunteering at the fifth annual Kiss Cancer Good-Bye Walk at Heckscher Park.
The walk is presented by Gellerman Orthodontics, which has supported Huntington Robotics. The walk generated proceeds of more than $11,000, which will benefit Kids Need MoRE, a free Shelter Island summer camp program for children battling cancer and their siblings.
Huntington Robotics members assisted with the event set-up and helped out during the actual walk. The team also brought along its robot, giving demonstrations and spreading the word about the robotics program.
This year’s Huntington Robotics team is led by elected officers Jacob Strieb (captain), Matthew Wildermuth (vice-captain), Will Hebert (treasurer), Lindsay Saginaw (head of marketing and public relations) and John Riley (chief technology officer.) Elections for additional positions will be held this month.
“Kiss Cancer Good-Bye was created to give area families an opportunity to show their support for pediatric cancer patients and their families,” according to Dr. Inna Gellerman’s website. “All proceeds are donated to MoRE Camp Adventure, a sleep-away camp that offers pediatric cancer patients a memorable week enjoying a summer camp experience at no cost.
“We strive to maintain a reciprocal relationship with all of our sponsors and events like this are a great way to give team members the opportunity to help the community and also to spread a love of science and technology,” Mr. Strieb said.
Twenty Huntington Robotics team members turned out at Heckscher Park, teaching interested parties how to drive the group’s robot, Sherman and educating them about the robotics program while also taking turns circling the pond with walk participants and getting involved in some of the other event activities offered over a three hour period.
“This was an excellent start to the beginning of our pre-season,” Ms. Saginaw said. “One of the primary goals of Huntington Robotics is to get out into the community and get young children interested in STEM fields, so this event was the perfect opportunity to not only support one of our sponsors, Gellerman Orthodontics, but also to teach the community about what we do.”
The new school year is off to a strong start for Huntington Robotics, which recently held an interest meeting. Team veterans were excited to see the number of freshmen eager to join the group. Faculty advisor Brian Reynolds is encouraged to see so much enthusiasm from so many students.
Huntington Robotics will participate in the Half Hollow Hills Invitational on November 19. The team is gearing up for the FIRST Robotics worldwide kickoff event slated for January 7.