Middle School Robotics Statebound

Both teams qualify for the Alabama FIRST LEGO League State Championship.
Congratulations to both of Randolph’s Middle School robotics teams. They competed at the "Battle at the Mill" at Moore's Mill Intermediate School, and qualified for the Alabama FIRST LEGO League State Championship, to be held March 4 at the Alabama Space and Rocket Center.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this club opportunity to our students,” said Head of Middle School Clay Elliott. “Robotics is a great way for middle school students to learn algorithmic problem-solving skills in a fun, team-centered environment. We’re excited about the success of these young teams and look forward to even greater accomplishments in the future.”

The 6th grade team, captained by Victor Balch, also claimed the Core Values judging award (one of three categories where the team members are interviewed about their work) by achieving a perfect score. Our 7th/8th grade team, captained by Adin Rossi, finished 8th in the robotics mission, with very solid overall scoring in the three judging categories. The theme of the competition was Animal Allies, which explored the way humans and animals can interact.

Both teams are new to the competition as is their coach, Middle School computer teacher Pat Lewallen. “We learn together,” he says.

Of the two teams, Adin (8th grade) is the only student who is a returning competition member. The other members of Randolph 7th/8th grade team are William Casimes, Abby Conway, Cortner Crumlish, Felipe Marples Rodriguez, David Maurer, and Shreyas Puducheri. Members of the 6th grade team are Victor, Wesley Hodge, Jackson Howse, Connor Phillips, and Kohner Salster.

The team thanks their mentor Hunter Phillips, UAH Mechanical Engineering Student. Earlier in the year, the teams were the recipient of a TVA sponsorship grant to fund competition, so our thanks once again for this support of the program.

Photos by Margaret Anne Crumlish