May 2006


Robotics team sponsored by Gershow Recycling

Medford, NY— Gershow Recycling Corp. of Medford, New York, has been an active supporter of the Longwood High School Robotics Team, including sponsorship of the Team’s recent participation in the Long Island FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Regional Robotics Competition. The team brought home the highly coveted Animation Award.

Over the course of an intensive six weeks, the Longwood High School Robotics Team of 24 students from grades 9 to 12, designed and built a sophisticated, life-size robot on the basis of specs mandated by the competition and with help from Gershow Recycling (Gershow). Students were invited to visit the Gershow facility to select recycled materials for their robot construction and to put “a reserve” on other materials. Gershow employees joined in keeping a lookout for sheets of aluminum, bicycle sprockets and other items requested by the students.

Competing against over 1,000 students from 29 Long Island school districts for honors and recognition, the Longwood Robotics Team earned the Animation Award on the basis of its 30-second animation featuring a young student dreaming of his future and dedicating his creative talents and knowledge of technology toward the advancement of future generations.

The FIRST Robotics Competition was founded by inventor Dean Kamen and, in 2006, involves more than 28,000 high school students in 33 regional events representing almost every state and several countries. Participating FIRST students are eligible to apply for over $8 million in scholarships from leading universities, colleges and companies.

In its ongoing commitment to the education and advancement of Long Island students, Gershow Recycling also underwrites an annual $6,000 scholarship program, awarding six graduating seniors from three area high schools Longwood, Patchogue-Medford, and Bellport.


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