Liggett’s Robotics team is barely five years old, but in that short time they’ve learned a lot and now, Knight Vision is using its experience to help others get started.
A few of the 21 or so students on the Upper School Robotics team have helped mentor a brand new Middle School team of about 10 students. The Middle School team — who named itself Too Liggett to Quit — did so well in its first competition they will participate in the state competition in Marshall this weekend. It is led by Upper School science teacher Kim Galea and Middle School math teacher Eunice John.
The Middle School task was to build a robot that fits into an 18-inch cube that could manipulate blocks by pushing or picking them up. Extra points could be had if the robot could turn a handle that raised a flag and could hang from a bar. The team won the Think Award, given to the group with the best engineering notebook and third place in the Inspire Award, given to the team that is the best example of what a First Tech team should be.
Galea said creating a Middle School team will make the Upper School stronger in years to come. In addition, the Upper School team is hoping to receive a Chairman’s Award this year and one of the criteria is that team members promote science, technology, engineering and math in the school and community.
To that end, Knight Vision is mentoring a rookie team from Harper Woods High School. Team members took last year’s robot to Harper Woods High and talked to students interested in the program. They also talked the fledgling Robotics team through organizational ideas and different ways to approach the various tasks that will face the teams when they hear their challenge on Jan. 4. Galea also worked with the Harper Woods coach to make sure his paperwork is in order. It’s a longstanding tradition in First Robotics that teams help and mentor each other.
Liggett’s Upper School Robotics team will hear its challenge for the year on Jan. 4, during a broadcast that goes to all schools at the same time. The first competition is in February and the second is in April.