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Red Raider Robotics Shows "Iron Angel" at RMSC

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Rochester: Red Raider Robotics Shows "Iron Angel" at RMSC
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A robot named "Iron Angel," created in honor of the Fairport High School teacher that lost her life in 2012, made its Rochester Museum and Science Center debut on Saturday.

Teacher Heather Boyum, who was killed in a tragic bike accident in Penfield last year, inspired the Fairport Robotics Team.

The Iron Angel was built as part of the FIRST robotics program. Red Raiders Robotics designed the robot to launch frisbees up to 100 feet and they did it all in six weeks.

"Heather was a great colleague and friend and has inspired hundreds of students at Fairport High School to pursue STEM education," said robotics team Co-Advisor Kathryn McCullough.

"Here in FIRST you realize that you actually have to use things like the Pythagorean Theorem to help design your robot and actually make it work well," said student Spencer Sudgen. "So everything you learn in math and science class, it actually has a use in real life, which is a great thing to realize."

There are about 53 students in the Fairport FIRST Robotics program. Students ranging from 9th through 12th grade work together to create the robots.

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