Shelton robotics student receives regional honor

Shelton High School Robotics Team member Tyler Tallo was recently awarded the “Dean’s List Finalist” award at the Connecticut Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

Tyler, a junior at Shelton High School, is a three-year member of the school’s robotics team.

Tyler was selected from more than 100 nominations representing 56 teams from across New England. The award is akin to the MVP award for FIRST Robotics.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) created the award in honor of Jack Kamen, father to inventor Dean Kamen who founded  FIRST Robotics as a way to recognize the efforts of exceptional student achievement on robotics teams. Tyler was nominated by his teammates and an application essay was submitted describing his accomplishments and contributions to the team.

'Always ready to help'

From the application essay: “When he was 8 years old, Tyler told his parents that he wanted to become an engineer. He never let go of that dream and his curiosity for how things work led him to join the SHS robotics team. FIRST Robotics not only reinforced his commitment to his dream but set him on the path to achieving that goal. Tyler’s passion and drive for knowledge is reflected through his dedication and ability to motivate other team members... By understanding the foundations of engineering of going from concept to reality, he quickly became a great team asset by learning every aspect of the build from machining parts to soldering and wiring circuit boards... Tyler is always working to spread the message of FIRST and his passion can be seen at team demonstrations and community outreach programs such as Shelton Day and Sikorsky Family Day. Whether shooting T-shirts to a crowd during a school pep rally or selling energy efficient light bulbs, he is always ready to help. He continues to think of new and innovative ways to spread the word of FIRST and applies the knowledge he has learned from FRC Robotics to real life situations.”

Tyler will now be considered with the other Dean’s List Finalist award winners from across the globe for the National Dean’s List Award recognition when he attends the FIRST Robotics Championship event in St. Louis April 24 through 28.