Middle School Robotics Team Competes at The Franklin Institute
Middle School Robotics Team Competes at The Franklin Institute

Two Middle School FIRST Lego League teams competed at The Franklin Institute on Saturday, December 1.

The teams spent the morning in judging sessions and competed in robot matches in the afternoon.

Each team was assigned a number by the FIRST Lego League. EA's Team 39715 won the Robot Design Award. Team 6309 came in second place overall.

"We were excited to see both of our teams recognized at the competition for their accomplishments," said Middle School Technology Coordinator Linda Lew. "Team 39715 built several prototypes and finally settled on their winning design based on its ease in adding attachments. That design priority was recognized by the judges."

"FLL was a fun and inspiring learning experience, and through teamwork, we were able to bring home the trophy," shared 8th grader Jaden You.

The team has been invited to the FIRST Lego League Championship at Penn on February 9.

"It was an exciting experience, and I'm glad that we won the competition so that we can continue through the winter trimester," said 8th grader Louis Beardell.

Middle and Upper School students are members of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology). The mission is to inspire students to be science and technology leaders and innovators.

"Building a robot is a vehicle to help them become better problem solvers, learn how to work effectively with others and develop the confidence to be leaders," said Ms. Lew. "For both programs, we emphasize that the students must take ownership of the teams. We are here to help guide them, but they learn that ultimately their successes and failures are dependent on how they perform together. That's an important lesson to learn, whether in Middle or Upper School.

Upper School science teacher Teddy Mathisen is also an advisor for the robotics teams.

Team 39715 members include: Winston Tang, Roh Tsundupalli, Noah Rossin, Anjali Malickel Ramakrishnan, Douglas Baldino, Xinxin Fang, and Caroline Sewell.

Team 6309 members include: Louie Beardell, Ian Lee, Aru Venugopalan, Jack Dente, Connor Shanahan, Fitsum Ayalew, Jaden You, Coleman Peskin, and Griffin Wein.

Students were enrolled in the Middle School fall trimester robotics elective.