We are so proud to announce that the AAG Middle School Robotics team, the Robettes, had a wildly successful return to FIRST Robotics League (FLL) competition over the weekend at the SUNY Nanotech Campus in Albany. In spite of being a rookie team, theycaptured 2nd Place in the Robot Game competitionwith a lofty total of 285 points! This is a fantastic result for the students, who just learned how build and program a robot in November. In order to win, they successfully changed their programs, at the competition, to take advantage of a rule nuance.
Even more thrilling is the fact thatthe Robettes won the competitive Project categorywith their proposals on School Pedestrian Safety. The team researched their ideas, spoke to the engineering community, and made a presentation to the Academies' Safety and Crisis Committee. They incorporated suggestions from the Committee and were able to demonstrate their understanding of the Design Process through the development of their proposals for both temporary speed bumps and 3D painted speed bumps - all to improve student safety here at the Academies. The FLL program's four competitive categories provide excellent opportunities for students to apply STEM principles, and the power of teamwork, through research, design, and formal presentations. The girls nailed it!