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Bronxville Clean Up Crew Sweeps at Robotics Competition

The Bronxville Clean Up Crew, a team of 10 middle school students who are part of the school’s FIRST Lego League Robotics team, placed fourth in the Robot Game at the Hudson Valley FIRST Lego League Tournament on Feb. 6 in Poughkeepsie.

“As a first-year team, with only one member who had competed before, we looked at the tournament as a learning experience,” said Lynne Torrey, a middle school teacher and the team’s coach. “The students presented and performed as a team, shared responsibilities and allowed everyone to contribute. The Bronxville Clean Up Crew represented our school exceedingly well and is already looking forward to next season.”

Every year, the FIRST Lego League releases a new challenge that’s based on a real-world scientific topic. Teams of up to 10 students are tasked with programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (robot game) and develop a solution to the problem (project) while guided by the FIRST Lego League core values. For this year’s topic of recycling, students were tasked with building a robot that would either reduce trash or provide a solution for people to produce less trash.

“Part of the students' challenge was to design and build a unique robot with Legos that successfully performed tasks in a timely manner to win points,” Torrey said. “Not only did they innovate and problem-solve to get that robot to move according to plan, but in working so closely together, I think they discovered valuable qualities in themselves as they contributed to the team goals.”

As part of the competition, the students presented their robot to panels of judges and talked about its design, mechanical specifics and programming. Torrey said her students were focused, responsible and accountable.

“There was a strong sense of determination to set up, prepare and not let each other down,” she said. “They asked for clarification when things were unclear, and when it was time to present, they were at their best.”

The Bronxville Clean Up Crew is comprised of Nicholas Baror, Yega Doma, Jed Donohue, Connor Huang, Annabelle Krause, Andrew Mager, Edward Phillips, Rachel Roberts, Ethan Sanna and Amy Xiwen Xu, under the direction of Torrey and assistant coach Steve Krause. The afterschool club was created to provide a place for students to explore computer science, engineering and design skills in a team setting.

“My hope is for the students to have fun while immersed in a science, technology, engineering, art and math experience, and to realize that their accomplishments can potentially change the world,” Torrey said.

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