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 4Riise.org 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.
As of today, all levels of robotics here at GA are fully operational. RoboEpic, FTC 5017, is hard at work building a new robot for this year’s game, Cascade Effect. They are learning more about mecanum wheels,and how to build the best chassis for this drive type. Both FLL teams are well on their way to making a physical prototype for their solution to the theme, World Class this year, and are busy learning the EV3 programming language to complete the missions on the board. The Middle School club starts today, as well as the Lower School Serendipity program. As of now GA has 60 students involved in robotics throughout the three divisions. As an essential part of the growing STEM initiative here at GA, robotics is a signature program that offers students after-school options for developing their STEM interests, which compliment any STEM offerings they are taking part of during the school day.
Spring is upon us, and with the warm weather bring HomeGrown Robotics’ annual meeting and professional day. Friday, May 16th from 8:30am – 3:00pm local robotics mentors, STEM educators, and administrators will gather for conversation and learning. See the HomeGrown Robotics page for more information and registration. Currently, we are looking for educators to run short workshops or discussion during this event. Email your abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org