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Smithtown Robotics Team Participates in Tesla Event, Supports Make-A-Wish

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The Smithtown Robotics team celebrated Nikola Tesla’s birthday by displaying its talents at the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe.

The team displayed its robotics prowess through interactions and presentations on July 10 — on the 165th anniversary of Tesla’s birth in the Austrian Empire.

Suffolk County legislators including Laura Ahern, Kara Hahn and Sarah Anker visited the team during the annual event.

“The team had a blast alongside the children and other presenters,” said David Savage, the team’s head coach.

The Tesla Science Center’s mission is to develop the site of Tesla’s last remaining laboratory into a transformative global science center that embraces his spirit of invention, provides innovative learning experiences, fosters the advancement of new technologies and preserves his legacy.

The Smithtown Robotics team also has been active in charitable work in recent weeks.

The Mechanical Bulls worked with Make-A-Wish to prepare kits for children with critical conditions. Each kit included a variety of 3D-printed items, such as a puzzle cylinder and dinosaur toy, along with stuffed bears donated to the team. Each package also included a pamphlet of instructions on how the toys work.

“Aside from the bears, everything included was student-made with care,” Savage said.