Berlin robotics team sends donations to Colombia

Published on Thursday, 7 September 2017 19:10
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

BERLIN - Members of the Berlin FIRST Robotics team recently helped out a team abroad this summer.

The Techno-Nuts collected donations for a monastery in Colombia, South America that runs a facility for 11 girls ranging from ages 6 to 14 to get an education. The effort was spearheaded by team ambassador Melanie Mouser, a sophomore at Berlin High School, who said she has an aunt who lives in Colombia and donates bags of groceries to the monastery.

“The robotics team decided that this was a worthy cause, believing that every person should have access to a good education,” said Mouser in a release. “As a robotics team, we thought it was important that we help continue their education so that some day they can learn more about STEM,” she added.

The girls, who come from rural conditions, go to live with the nuns in the city, where the monastery provides clothing, food, school supplies and housing, living day to day on donations, to help the girls while they stay with them during the week, explained Mouser. The girls return home on the weekends to visit their relatives.

Expecting to fill two boxes, the team filled six boxes with outgrown clothing, school supplies and more for the girls. After the week it took for items to be shipped to the monastery, Mouser said the nuns contacted her overjoyed about the amount of items the team had given and helped their program.

“I am glad I chose my robotics team, The Techno-Nuts, to help me with this project because the team is made up of charitable souls that I can count on, they have worked in many other charities and organizations giving back to the public,” said Mouser. “The Techno-Nuts are proud of their contribution to these young girl’s lives, and will happily continue to provide more items for these girls in the future.”

“She’s a real go getter,” said Paul Griswold, Berlin FIRST Robotics head mentor of Mouser. “We have a lot of kids that take on leadership roles. It’s a program that teaches leadership skills and how to contribute to society.”

The Berlin FIRST Robotics team is a team of middle school student, high school students and mentors from Berlin that designs, builds a programs a robot in six weeks between January and March to compete in the Regional and National FIRST Robotics competitions. FIRST Lego League for sixth, seventh and eighth graders, mentored by Robotics team members is available in the fall.

Those interested in joining the team or donating to their cause can contact Paul Griswold at 860-7162144.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Thursday, 7 September 2017 19:10. Updated: Thursday, 7 September 2017 19:13.