To the Editor:

We would like to thank all those who came out in support of Robotics And Beyond's first-ever open house March 3.

Our steady stream of visitors introduced us to hundreds of new friends, many of whom we look forward to seeing at this year's summer camps; others, area professionals, local officials, and ardent proponents of improved science, technology, and engineering education in grades K-12, who offered their time, talents, and treasures in helping us to achieve our future goals.

A very special thanks to our open-house partners, the Village Center for the Arts, and to our teen- and college-aged mentors who were on-site to demo their wares and answer questions, especially to those who gave up a college weekend to come home and help.

Many thanks to the Nonnewaug First Robotics Team Beta; the Brookfield First Robotics Team 1099 for their interactive demonstration sponsored by United Technologies; and the New Milford High School art department and the Harcourt Foundation for the loan of their display screens.

Thank you to the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce staff for its continued support.

Finally, to the many local New Milford businesses that either advertised in our PlayBill and/or donated their services, products or provided gift certificates for our raffle baskets totaling $2,000 worth of prizes, thank you for your generosity.

Thank you, All Aboard Pizzeria, Bank Street Book Nook, Bank Street Coffee House, Bank Street Theater, Barkery Boo'tique, Bike Express, Carvel, Curves, Dental Associates.

Executive Cuisine, Family First Chiropractic Center, FineLine, Il Colosseo Restaurant, J & J Printing, Joe's Salon, Johana's Restaurant and Kathy Henkel Fitness.

Also, the Learning Center, Linda J. Malarkey CPA, Lore's Lanes, Lushon Greene, Mind Body Connections, Natural Marketplace, Nicholas Tobin Insurance Co., Nordica Toys, Party Depot and Personal Touch Carwash.

Phys-Ed, Quassy Amusement Park, Ruth Chase Flowers, Sole Cafe, Studio D, Sugar Hoot, Theatreworks, Tivoli Restaurant, Valvoline, Villarina's Pasta, Windmill Diner and Yardapes.

To learn more about Robotics And Beyond, to register for camp, or to enter/learn the results of our robot design contest and where's Rover contest, visit us at www.roboticsandbeyond.com.

Paul Chayka

Co-founder

Michael Morrissey

Co-founder

Francesca Morrissey

Director of advertising

Marketing, fundraising

Pete Del Maestro

Board member

Projects designer