UPDATE from State Tournament on January 18, when three OLW Robotics Teams competed at the State level FLL tournament at Elgin Community College.
There were four teams that competed at the regional tournament in mid-December. At that regional competition, all four of the OLW Robotics teams won an award. This is an incredible accomplishment considering there were 32 teams that competed at the Regional Competition. There will be 21 OLW students that will go to the state meet and we are incredibly proud.
We just have to brag about these notable facts:
– All four OLW teams won an award.
– Our 6th grade girls rookie team tied for 2n place in the Robot Table Challenge with 300 points! This is the best any of our teams have ever placed in the actual robot challenge at a regional or state competition since – OLW Robotics started in 2014. The fact that they are a rookie team in a regional tournament double the normal size makes this accomplishment that much more incredible!
– This is the second year in a row that our 8th graders who are graduating out of the program have qualified for a state tournament during their time in OLW Robotics. We plan to continue this pattern.
– This is the first year that the number of girls in Wayside Robotics outnumbers the boys (14 girls, 11 boys).
– Coding Cats (6th grade girls rookie team) – Won 1st place for the Rising Star Award (top rookie team) and qualified for the State Competition. Team members: Clare Bauer, Maggie Berwick, Erin Lynch, Megan Newell, Lola Scarsi, Katie Strzyzynski, Grace Trunnell, and Annie Utech.
– Robocats (6th grade boys rookie team) – Won 1st place for the Robot Design Award. Team members: Jake Bondy, Luke Broemmelsiek, Nicolas Nicolandis, and Ben Stuber.
– Mechanicats (7th/8th grade girls) – Won 2nd place for the Core Values Award and qualified for the State Competition. Part of this competed last year at the State level and won the Overall Core Values Award. Team members: Avery Brooks, Leah Collins, Lucy Jochaniewicz, Emily Lang, Ainslie McKenna, and Sophia Stuber.
– Wild Gears (7th/8th grade boys) – Won 2nd place for the Robot Design Award and qualified for the State Competition. Team members: Bill Allen, Michael Bauer, Jack Buehrer, Sean Fitzpatrick, Marco Hervas, Charlie Hoeper, and Aiden Lewis.
The students work extremely hard starting in September, meeting twice a week, doing independent research, taking relevant field trips, and working on the coding, of course. Once they get to the regional or state competition, they are judged on several merits: Table Performance Robot Game, building and programming an EV3 robot to complete missions; Core Values, evaluating how a team works together; and Robot Design, providing an explanation of robot design, programs, and mission choices; and Innovation Project, identifying a solving a real world problem as presented by FFL each year. This year’s FFL challenge was City Shaper. Teams needed to identify an issue that created a stronger and more sustainable future.