GA Robotics Teams Designs to Win
This weekend, four Middle School robotics teams (ages 10-14) traveled to Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT to compete in the FIRST Lego League State Tournament. With 48 school, after school program and “garage” teams participating in the event, there were over 450 students in attendance, with total event attendance (including parents, coaches and spectators) exceeding 1000 people.
The pace of the competition was frenetic and included three robot rounds, a teamwork interview, a project presentation, a mechanical design judging session, and countless practice rounds. Throughout the day, coaches Doug Rendell and Gail Sestito shuttled each team to and from their designated sessions and robot rounds, and helped to debug programs, discuss strategy, and offer feedback on presentation skills. Each team was a cohesive group and carried themselves with pride and determination.
At the end of the day, GA girls demonstrated what they do best—they were smart and tech savvy with their robots, congenial with other teams, talented in their public speaking, respectful to the judges, and had a ton of fun too! The results (below) speak for themselves.
The teams are already looking ahead and brainstorming on next year’s theme, “Nature’s Fury”! We can’t wait to see what they come up with!
RoboExtreme (Group VI) consistently had the fourth highest robot score throughout the day. This is an impressive feat, as the conditions of the field and robots tend to deteriorate as the day wears on.
RoboPrime (Group V) earned first place in the Best Presentation Award category, having presented their solution to this year’s theme, “Senior Solutions” in a poised and articulate manner. They created an iPhone app called ‘MemoryMeds’ to remind seniors when to take their medications, go to doctor’s appointments, and phone assistance in an emergency.
RoboElite (Group VIII) once again came home with first place in Teamwork Award category; something that has become a tradition for this team over the few years GA has participated in FLL. This seasoned team, which embodies the spirit of cooperation and teamwork, won the hearts of the judges in their interviews.
RoboForce (Group VII) took first place in the Best Innovation Solution Award category. Part of the project presentation is to actually develop a solution. This team created a prototype for a ‘lightweight-portable-inflatable-low cost chair insert that can be used to ease the effort of getting into or out of a seated position. The ‘Sit-N-Lift’ prototype was created out of everyday materials and can benefit seniors, or anyone who needs help sitting and standing. The judges were so impressed by this solution that they have encouraged the team to apply for the Global Innovation Award as a first step to having their idea patented and produced commercially.