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Stingrays to Host First-Ever Robotics Night

By: Joseph Zakrzewski

North Charleston, SC –The South Carolina Stingrays, proud ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals, will host the first-ever FIRST Robotics Night on Friday, January 7 against the Trenton Devils at 7:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum. The night features the first-ever ceremonial puck drop by a robot in ECHL history. Robotics teams from around the state will be in attendance and displaying their robots on the main concourse.
 
Team 342 from North Charleston, Team 281 from Greenville, Team 1026 from Rock Hill and Team 1287 from Myrtle Beach will all be on display with students giving live demonstrations. Team 342, The Burning Magnetos, will drop the ceremonial first puck. This local team has competed in over 25 Regional and International Championships since 1999 and has established itself as one of the most recognizedFIRST Robotics teams.

"Palmetto Partners for Science and Technology and the FIRSTPalmetto Regional Planning Committee are excited about partnering with the South Carolina Stingrays,” said Regional Director Frank Lanford.  “We feel that this event is keeping with the mission of FIRSTand its ‘sports for the mind’ theme. The purpose of these competitions is to get kids excited about science, engineering and technology. ”

The North Charleston Convention Center hosts the FIRST Lego League (FLL) State Championship on March 5. FLL is a middle school robotic program that currently has over 200 teams registered in South Carolina. Over 80 teams from across the state have qualified to participate in the one-day event.

On March 25-26, the Coliseum welcomes the FIRST Robotics Competition Palmetto Regional. Over 40 teams, including over 1,200 students and mentors from eight states, are registered to compete. The competition is open to the public, including free admission, and everyone is encouraged to check out the excitement.

The Stingrays welcome the Trenton Devils to the North Charleston Coliseum for a three-game in three-night series starting Friday, January 7 at 7:05 p.m. Join the Stingrays on Friday for FIRST Robotics Night featuring the first ceremonial puck drop by a robot in ECHL history! Robotics teams from around the state will be giving live demonstrations on the main concourse during the first and second intermissions.

On Saturday, January 8, the Stingrays host Dogs on the Pond against the Devils at 7:05 p.m. Bring your dog to the game! The series concludes with Kid’s Day on Sunday, January 9 at 4:00 p.m. Kid’s tickets are only $5! Arrive early for a pre-game kid’s carnival and stay after the game for a post-game autograph session with the entire Stingrays team!

The Stingrays Holiday Puck Pack is back! Get six flex tickets and an exclusive Stingrays 2010 Holiday Puck for one low price! Give the gift of Stingrays hockey this season. For more information, click here or visit www.stingrayshockey.com. Become a fan on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCStingraysHockey.  Stingrays Hockey – It’s More Than Just a Game.



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