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Winners of Robotics Competition Inspire Film

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A resident of Westbury, New York, Valerie Varnuska enjoys learning new things. Innovative uses of machinery and developments in the field of robotics are of particular interest to Valerie Varnuska.

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Winners of Robotics Competition Inspire Film

  1. 1. Winners of Robotics Competition Inspire Film Valerie Varnuska
  2. 2. Introduction • A resident of Westbury, New York, Valerie Varnuska enjoys learning new things. Innovative uses of machinery and developments in the field of robotics are of particular interest to Valerie Varnuska. Each year, numerous robotics competitions take place across the United States. One of the competitions garnered national attention after it inspired a 2015 movie entitled Spare Parts, starring George Lopez, Marisa Tomei, and Jamie Lee Curtis. The movie tells the true story of four Mexican immigrants from Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, Arizona, who entered a prestigious robotics competition in 2005 sponsored by NASA.
  3. 3. Spare Parts • With a budget of only $800, spare parts from a variety of sources, and a great deal of determination, the four high school students constructed a robot they nicknamed Stinky. At the Marine Advanced Technology Education underwater robotics competition in Santa Barbara, Stinky completed a variety of intricate underwater tasks, competing against other robots constructed by well- funded teams from universities across the country. Stinky's humble origins did not hinder its effectiveness, however, and the four high school students from Phoenix were awarded top honors for their design.

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