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It’s All About Skills & Teamwork for NCI Interns

A troubleshooter… an organizer …a driver…and a marketer. No, it’s not the answer to a Jeopardy question, it is the skill set for NCI’s robotics interns.

It is summertime and that means that New College Institute (NCI) is buzzing with summer interns who are gaining valuable experience in a variety of disciplines. Four of the students are working in a unique program where, as robotics interns, they will have the opportunity to return to NCI in a part-time capacity when they return to college in the fall.

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NCI’s Robotics Team Wins Challenge Cup


The Mid-Atlantic Broadband (MBC) Challenge Cup has a new home for the next year at New College Institute. The MBC Challenge Cup is a competition that rewards superior performance for FIRST FRC robotics teams in Southern Virginia. New College Institute’s team, STAGS, finished the highest of the 11 MBC-sponsored FRC robotics teams. In addition to $10,000, the STAGS gain possession of the MBC Challenge Cup trophy for one year. According to the team’s coach, Brian Pace, highlights from the competition season include being part of the winning alliance at the 2019 Richmond, Virginia district event; qualifying for the FIRST World Championship in Detroit, Michigan; and being selected by the number one seeded team in the Tesla Division at the World Championship.

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Open House for New College’s Robotics Team

New College Institute extends a special invitation to the public and media to attend NCI’s Robotics Team 1262 Open House February 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The team is comprised of high school students from Martinsville and Henry County. Team members will facilitate a live demonstration of their current competition robot and share a preview of 2019 opportunities.

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