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HMS Robotics Team Meets Lego League Challenge

The Robocruisers – a team of Hampton Middle School Robotics Club members – received a $750 check courtesy of Health Care Relocations in recognition of their first place ranking in the team work category at the Western PA First Lego League Grand Championship. Ian Endacott, Vice President Customer Relations and Senior Project Manager for Health Care Relocations presented the check.

The tournament, held in January at La Roche College, included more than 70 teams of students aged 9 to 14. The teams maneuvered their robots through three rounds: the Robot Game, the Project and the FLL Core Values. Teams of up to 10 students are challenged to program an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field and developing a solution to a problem they have identified – all of which must be guided by the FLL Core Values.

Hampton’s team explored the fascinating world of trash, from collection to sorting, to smart production and re-use in our world. Students practiced on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school with Ms. Gwen Cohen, HMS Enrichment Facilitator. They also participated in three Saturday scrimmages to prepare for the event.

Students also had the opportunity to tour the facilities at Aerotech, Inc., a Pittsburgh-area company specializing in automation and motion control systems. The visit helped the students to gain further insight and knowledge in the development of their research project.

The students’ innovative solution to the trash problem included the creation of a Surface Debris Barge, affectionately dubbed the “Pacman boat” and the Oceanic Cleanup Pod.

“Health Care Relocations, a company that specializes in the relocation of healthcare facilities all over the world, was gracious enough to take interest in the team this year and to help with future technology costs,” said Ms. Cohen.

In addition to the check presentation, Mr. Endacott also has attended several of the team’s events over the last year to offer his support and encouragement. “We are grateful for the company’s ongoing support for our students,” said Ms. Cohen.

The Robocruisers team consists of: Katie Harper, Ben McCutchan, Serrah Bierker, Tamara Urduna, Lauren Graff, Sonia Fung and Ashay Amesur. Hampton High School students Chris Ferrence, Sean McGinnis and Christian Harper served as team mentors. 

Posted by berg on Monday February, 1, 2016 at 07:08PM
Tags:  HMS, Robocruisers, STEM
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