Gearing up for the FTC Gator Bowl!

On Saturday, January 23, 2016, Greenwich Academy’s Upper School robotics team, FTC 5017 RoboEpic, will be hosting the 3rd annual Gator Bowl. This high school robotics competition is an official Connecticut FIRST Tech Challenge qualifying event. The event will be held in Raether Gymnasium from 8:00am – 5:00pm. It will be an exciting day of innovation, engineering, and head-to-head robot-battle-fun!

Exceptional teams will earn a spot at the CT State FTC Championship Tournament to be held at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT on Saturday February 20, 2016. From there teams can earn a spot at the FTC Super Regional East tournament held in March at the University of Scranton (PA).

We will have a special guest at this event: Yvonne Thevenot, from and STEM Kids NYC, will return to GA once again to host a Hack-a-thon during the event. Teams, guests, and spectators are welcome to venture to her booth in the pit area to learn to code, hack, and create! We will also have an admission table, as well as information on GA’s premier STEM camp (gr 5-8), i2.

This event is free to the public to attend; please come root on RoboEpic and the other 23 teams from around Connecticut, including two new teams from Brunswick and Greenwich High school. Please consider bringing a pet item as a donation as an alternative to an spectator entry fee; RoboEpic will donate all goods collected to PawsForLove.Inc.



The Blizzard is Coming!

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Greenwich Academy will host 16 area teams at the 4th annual Backyard Blizzard! FLL CT state qualifier. This is one of seven official events happening around the state this weekend (and last). Exceptional teams will earn a golden ticket to the CT FLL state tournament on December 5, 2015.

RobotEpic # 5017, GA’s high school robotics FTC team is hosting and running this event. They are excited to host a variety of schools, clubs, and “garage teams” at this event. There will be a special event Hack-A-Thon throughout the event, so be sure to stop by and visit this amazing hacktivity station! There will be plenty of action and concessions to fill our hungry teams minds and bodies! Stop by and join in the fun!

For more information, please visit the event page here.

Hack-a-thon at the Backyard Blizzard!

Calling all Coders! Hackers! Creative computer designers! Stop by Greenwich Academy’s Backyard Blizzard FLL CT qualifying event on Saturday, November 21, 2015 to participate in a hack-a-thon sponsored by 4Riise. org and STEM Kids NYC.

BYOD or use one of theirs to learn about coding, hacking, and creating! Learn more about 4Riise, Yvonne Thevenot, and the Hack-a-thon here!


About Yvonne

Yvonne Thevenot, M.Ed., is the founder of STEM Kids NYC, a company that bridges the gap between curriculum in urban schools with the immediate need for these schools to prepare students for future STEM opportunities. She currently teaches computer science at Mustard Seed School, a private K-8 school in Hoboken, NJ, and directs an afterschool program in Harlem, where students living in underserved communities are exposed to STEM-based academic programming. Yvonne has a Master of Education degree in K-12 STEM Curriculum & Instruction, and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems.

FLL CT Qualifying Event: Backyard Blizzard !!

PrintWith robotics in full swing here at GA and all over the state, the FLL teams are busy preparing their presentations and solutions for the Trash Trek challenge! Their robots are being programmed and customized to complete the challenges on the obstacle course, and they are creating posters and handouts to share with the other teams. PrintThe Backyard Blizzard, a CT FLL event hosted here at Greenwich Academy by the school’s Upper School FTC team, RoboEpic 5017, is less than a month away. As of now, 14 teams will converge on GA bringing with them their talents and creativity. We cannot wait to see their innovative solutions about ways to reduce trash, how they have programmed their robots, and tell us about how they work together as a team to reach their goals. We know each team has been working tirelessly during the fall season and we look forward to hosting them on November 21, 2015 at the Backyard Blizzard! More information is posted here for coaches, teams, and spectators.

RoboEpic continues to impress!

unnamed.jpgThe team competed in the FTC CT state championships on Saturday at GFA. 24 teams from the tri-state area earned a spot at this event by performing well at a pervious CT qualifier (our own Gator Bowl or the Loomis Chafee Shakedown). The team wowed the judges in the interview, leaving them wanting more information from the girls about all of the engineering, design, and community outreach they are doing. The judges frequented their pit during the day to talk more about their robot, efforts, teamwork, and what makes RoboEpic so unique. On the game field, the robot (and human drivers) won 4 out of 5 matches, with two personal/team/robot high scores of 302! Ranking 5th at the end of match play, the top seeded team, the Kingswood Oxford Wyveryns, chose RoboEpic as their first alliance partner; that is a huge honor! Along with “Watt’s Up” from NJ, the three lost in the semi finals 2-1. But all in all it was a successful day. During awards ceremonies, the team won the THINK award, for best engineering notebook. They also won Second Place INSPIRE for all-around team. With this award comes an invitation to the next level, East SuperRegional Championship in Scranton, PA (March 19-21) where 72 of the best teams from Virginia to Maine will compete for the coveted 25 spots at the World Tournament in St. Louis in April. Good Luck, RoboEpic!

ROBOnanza! 2015 Released!

In coordination with the CAIS commitment to enhancing STEM initiatives, Greenwich Academy is hosting its sixth annual ROBOnanza! on May 2, 2015 at Greenwich Academy 9:00AM – 1:00PM.

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Thy presence is request’d at the “Olde Mechaniz’d Tournament!”

This year’s theme is “BOTS OF THE ROUND TABLE!”

This medieval themed robotics exposition is open to students of all ages who share an interest in robotics. At this exposition, students can showcase their skills and express their creativity in a variety of ways. There are three levels of friendly competition, as well as a showcase opportunity where students can show off their unique robotic creations. For questions or more information, please contact Gail Sestito or Doug Rendell, Co-Directors of Robotics, at or 203.485.4040.

Please browse the ROBOnanza! event pages for more information about event details,registration, tentative schedule, and robot challenges.


Gator Bowl 2015 Awards: POSTED

Thank you to all the volunteers, judges, refs, teams, mentors and coaches (and parents!) for a successful, and rapid, event! See you next year at the Gator Bowl!



Gator Bowl! T-3 days

Preparations are set, concessions are donated, t-shirts are one the way, volunteers are trained, and the robots are ready! The second annual Gator Bowl, CT’s high school FIRST Tech Challenge regional qualifying tournament is set for Saturday, February 21, 2015 in Raether Gym at Greenwich Academy. Come watch the amazing engineering feats and teamwork that will be presented. Consider donating a canned good if you are a spectator; proceeds will go to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. Hosted by FTC 5017 RoboEpic of Greenwich Academy.


Gator Bowl 2.0! 10 days to go…

Our next event is the CT FTC qualifier, the Gator Bowl, on Sat. Feb 21. This is the one we are hosting [and was snowed out in Jan]. There will be over 300 students from the CT (and NY/NJ area) competing (20+ teams competing) as well as their mentors/coaches and supportive parents (and siblings). The girls will compete on the field so they can practice driving, but opt out of all judged awards since most volunteers are associated with the school in one way or another. Team members who are not on the field will be working the event along side us and the many other volunteers who have stepped up to help with the event. If you would like to attend, please consider bringing a canned good as a donation to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.

RoboEpic’s Robo-Weekend!

 a reflection from RoboEpic 5017:
In the CT Qualifier on Saturday @ Loomis Chaffee, our robot performed very well – we were first-pick of the #1 seeded team for the semi-final matches. After many nail biting rounds, they advanced to the finals (a first for RoboEpic!). Three more heated matches later, the girls emerged as the Winning Alliance [won the robot game] (with another all-girl team and the Loomis-Chaffee team)! The also won the Promote Award (for FIRST promotional video made and directed by Charlotte Warne) AND placed second for the Inspire Award (role-models, best all-around team).  We’ll go on to the CT Championships on March 7th and a potential spot in Super Regionals (held at the University of Scranton over spring break).

In the NY [Empire] Championships on Sunday @ PACE University, though the robot was not as reliable this time around, the team won the Motivate award (team spirit and teamwork), was nominated as 2nd place in the PTC Design award (robot design and aesthetics), and came in 3rd place in the Think award (for best engineering journal).  While this is very impressive recognition, it didn’t earn us a spot in Super Regionals – we’ll get another chance on March 7th at CT states @ GFA.