Pride and Praise for Robotics Teams

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The Middle School robotics teams recently competed in one of eight Long Island qualifying tournaments for the FIRST Lego League and brought back pride and two major awards. The Robo Eagles team members – Matthew Blaising, Matteo Gravinese, Alex Grundmann, Kristian Hald, Cooper Peterson and Jake Whitehouse – won the Project Research Award for their innovative idea of designing and building a handicap ramp allowing students with special needs to participate in all aspects of the robotics competitions. The Radical Robotix team – Christian Cordova, Sola Matsumoto, Iris Nakagawa, Allyson Opitz, Micah Santiago and Sofia Santos – won the Project Innovative Solution Award. The project idea is a backup rechargeable battery that will be recharged by generators hooked up to exercise bikes in the school’s weight room, which would create virtually free power. The idea stemmed from the loss of power at the middle school – a designated Suffolk County Evacuation Center – during Hurricane Sandy when backup emergency batteries for lights lasted for only eight hours during six days without power. The Robo Eagles team qualified for the Long Island Championship Tournament, which will be held on March 1 at Longwood High School. The district congratulates the students along with coach Mark Moorman and assistant coach Kelly O’Reilly.