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Kurt Greene, human resources director at Alstom, left, and Amy Greene, marketing consultant at IPSOS, inspect the claw product from the P-Cot team.
Keep it simple, take the prize


Robotics projects took center stage at Midway Middle School last week, when engineers in the making showed off their skills in an after-school competition.

Three teams of students put their robotics know-how to the test by designing parts on finished remote-control projects.

The projects were made to simulate transportation of hazardous waste.

The winning vehicle was also the simplest and cheapest. It pushed a faux toxic barrel — a medicine-bottle-sized object.