Middle School Robotics Team Wins Innovation Award
Middle School Robotics Team Wins Innovation Award

The Middle School robotics team was awarded the Innovation Solution Award at the Penn FLL Championship competition at the University of Pennsylvania.

The teams were tasked with building and programming a Lego Mindstorm EV3 robot that is challenged to complete missions that focus on a specific theme.

"Each team has three judging sessions: Robot Design, Core Values and Project," explained Middle School technology coordinator and robotics team advisor Linda Lew, Hon. "For Robot Design, the team has to explain the reasoning behind their design, show the programs that they have written for the missions, and run the missions."

Teams have two and a half minutes during three matches to complete the tasks. "Their highest score in the three matches is added to their scores for the judging sessions," said Ms. Lew.

For the Project portion of the competition, EA's Team 6309 focused on what happens when an astronaut dies in space. "They researched NASA's current policy for when an astronaut dies in space and how religious beliefs play a part and how a body is handled," shared Ms. Lew. "They also examined when a body should be sent back to earth versus staying with a spaceship until it returns to earth." The students' solution was to create a capsule that can carry up to four bodies back to earth. It can also be used as an escape pod.

The team qualified for the Penn competition after finishing second at another competition at The Franklin Institute in December. By winning the Innovation Solution Award, the team is now the region's nominee for the Global Innovation Award.

Two EA Middle School FIRST Lego League teams competed in the event on Saturday, February 9.

Team members include: Louie Beardell, Jack Dente, Ian Lee, Coleman Peskin, Connor Shanahan, Aru Venugopala and Jaden You.