Robotics Competition a First for Middle School Team

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The robotics club at Edmund W. Miles Middle School recently took part in its first competition. The Amityville Robot Warriors competed against teams from across Long Island at the Lego First event at Great Hollow Middle School in Nesconset on Jan. 21.

The team finished ninth out of 15 teams. Amityville students spent approximately 20 hours working afterschool in the three weeks leading up to the competition. They had to built robots, then program them to complete missions without any human intervention. 

Teams were given a problem facing communities and had to incorporate a solution into their designs. This year’s theme was hydro dynamics, and students had to explore the location, use, storage and movement of water. 

Amityville also received the Judges Award, a special recognition given to a team that stands out for reasons other than the performance of its robot, such as perseverance, dedication and overcoming adversity. 

Team members included seventh-graders Wilnory Bouzy, Jose Hernandez, Hasslyn Hurtado, Luca Mazzilli and Kaya McCloud and eighth-graders Alex Hargrove, Randy Jerez and Jiovani Saint Jean, under the direction of their coach, technology teacher John Rodriguez.

“The team worked extremely hard and dedicated themselves to the process,” Mr. Rodriguez said. “Each team member enjoyed the experience as the competition hall was buzzing with excitement and activity. There were teams that have been competing for years, and the Amityville Robot Warriors finished ahead of six more experienced teams. The community should be proud.”