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Exploring & Experiencing Robotics

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Several James Wilson Young Middle School students showcased their creativity and problem-solving skills as they took part in the SBPLI Central Islip Qualifying Tournament for the FIRST Lego League 2014 FLL World Class Challenge. Out of the 30 competitors, the Bayport-Blue Point RoboPhantoms finished 11th in the Robot Performance category.

During the contest, the students had three two and a half minute rounds to operate a robot and attempt to score as many points as possible before taking part in an alliance round, in which they worked with another team to achieve the best score. The team was judged in three areas: technical, research and core values.

The students prepared for this year’s contest by meeting weekly beginning in September. They discussed strategy and researched the challenge before building and programming a robot to perform the missions detailed in the competition.

The district congratulates the eight-member team and their parent coaches, Kevin Mongan and Jim Chant, on a great performance. Team members included sixth-graders Kenny Forman, Riley Kaler and Nicolas Mignano and seventh-graders Connor Joseph, Mat Marchitelli, John Ricciardi, Andrew Shiebler and Ryan Vavricka.                 

Bayport-Blue Point Eagle