January 5



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The Bonny Eagle High School Robotics Team has won a $1,000 grant and placed second in an international engineering competition for its “First Foot” engineering concept about a shoe that collects and stores energy.

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Bonny Eagle robotics team wins $1,000 engineering grant

The Bonny Eagle High School Robotics Team has won a $1,000 grant and placed second in an International Engineering Competition for its “First Foot” engineering concept about a shoe that collects and stores energy.

The concept was created to answer the question, “What could your team engineer that would have a positive impact on your community and our world?”

The design is featured in a video, created and produced by team members and entered in the Rockwell Automation’s “Engineering Our Future” contest.

The school’s robotics program, established in 1995, is affiliated with the National Organization, FIRST, which is an acronym for inspiration and recognition of science and technology.”

The goal of FIRST is to help high school students to become more involved with science, technology, engineering and math, which is achieved by creating a game each year in which teams of students, parents, engineers, and mentors have six weeks to design and build a competition robot.

The next season game announcement and kick-off is Saturday at the Colisee in Lewiston. Admission is free.

The team is attempting to raise $30,000, which will enable it to participate at the district competitions and championships. All tax-free donations should be sent to: Bonny Eagle Robotics Team, c/o Bonny Eagle High School, 700 Saco Road, Standish, ME 04084.

For more details, go to: www.rockwellautomation.com/rockwellautomation/news/110-anniversary/engineering-our-future.page?


Volunteers help weatherize 16 York County homes

A group of 18 volunteers recently participated in a United Way of York County project to weatherize 16 homes as part of the “Keep York County Warm” project.

Overseen by a partnership between United Way of York County and York County Habitat for Humanity, the project brings together teams of community volunteers to help sponsor and install weatherization kits for low-income and disabled homeowners.

Volunteering for the project starts well before installation day, with the building of custom-made reusable window panels that are assembled by volunteers a month in advance.

This year, more than 75 volunteers from a variety of organizations, including students from Biddeford Regional Technology School, Thornton Academy and Saco Universalist Unitarian Church, contributed their time with wood donated by Deering Lumber.

When the project is complete, the 66 custom-fit window inserts will be installed in 22 homes, totaling over $1,000 in savings to homeowners.

Volunteers and window kit sponsors are always needed.

To learn more, call Meaghan Arzberger at 985-3359 or email marzberger@buildcommunity.org.


New Year’s Eve celebration will mark ship’s milestone

Maine’s First Ship will celebrate a significant milestone in the reconstruction of the Virginia on Tuesday.

The New Year’s Eve celebration will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. featuring a bonfire at the shipyard on the Kennebec and a champagne toast to coincide with the raising of the last frame of the ship.

Since the laying of the keel in 2010, community volunteers and students from Morse High School have made steady progress in the reconstruction of the 30-ton Pinnace Virginia, originally built at the Popham Colony in 1607-1608.

Earl Bigelow and The Cilantro Trio will supply music inside the Bath Freight Shed.

Henry & Marty’s Restaurant will supply light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Hot buttered rum will be featured.

The price is $20 per person and available by calling Maine’s First Ship at 443-4242 or at the door.

The Virginia’s shipyard is located on the riverfront side of the Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial St.

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