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Robotics Build Season Complete

February 23, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags:

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FRC Team 744—Shark Attack, our WA High School Robotics Team, completed the construction of their robot on Tuesday night at 11:57 p.m.  The robot was bagged and tagged and can’t be touched again until competition. The team is now busy building a practice robot that will allow them to refine robot autonomous and control functions. It will also allow our drivers much-needed practice time.

Shark Attack is preparing to compete at the FIRST Orlando Regional Robotics Competition on March 10 & 11 and at the FIRST Smoky Mountain Regional Robotics Competition March 24 & 25.

FTC Team 11204—Shark A-Tech

February 2, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

IMG_2933On Saturday, January 21, the middle school robotics team, Shark A-Tech, participated in the FTC South Florida League’s Judgment Day. Representatives from the team gave a presentation about Shark A-Tech to one panel of judges and then demonstrated the robot’s abilities to a second panel. This was the first phase in the League’s Championship competition. The second and final phase, the actual competition, was held on Saturday, January 28, at Western High School in Davie from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Phase two was a long, exciting, and tumultuous day. We finished sixth out of 18 and were able to compete in the semi-finals against the best of the South Florida FTC League teams. After a morning hit, the team went from ranking second to 15th, but God gave them calm and able minds allowing them to win the rest of the matches securing sixth place.

Special thanks to all of our mentors for their investment in the students over the last few months. Together we are better.

Robotics Team Promotes STEM To Senator Rubio’s Office

January 25, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: , , , ,

DSC00281On Monday, January 23, members of WA’s robotics team (FIRST Robotics Competition Team 744 – Shark Attack) met with Senator Marco Rubio’s Regional Director and staff to discuss the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and FIRST Robotics. They encouraged Senator Rubio to support the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act which would benefit FIRST Robotics financially. They also discussed the importance of STEM and the effectiveness of the FIRST Robotics program in introducing and training students in STEM. Eighty-three percent of all students involved in the FIRST Robotics program are interested in becoming a scientist or engineer and many discover their passion for applied science as a direct result of their involvement in FIRST Robotics.

Our team made several proposals to Senator Rubio’s staff for funding of FIRST Robotics, funding for STEM, and educational support for teachers in STEM. The final legislative initiative discussed was our plan to create collaboration among college students pursuing science education and engineering majors, robotics mentors, and students and teachers on high school FIRST Robotics teams. We are lobbying to make internships with FIRST Robotics teams a requirement for all students pursuing a science education degree and that all engineering students would be offered credit for internships with FIRST Robotics teams. It is our hope that some engineers will decide to teach and that some teachers will become more fluent in the applied sciences. FRC Team 744 believes that STEM education must be a priority as we re-industrialize the United States of America.

Our presentation team thanked Senator Marco Rubio and his staff for their support of Christian values and for their gracious attention to our STEM proposals. 

Thanks to WA robotics students Rachel Karsner and Sebastian Molina and to mentors Cathy Stolley, Lauren Cooley, and Kent Stolley for their work on this project.

WA Robotics—Shark Byte Competition Season

January 25, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

Shark Byte FLL Team 23808 had a great day on Saturday, January 21. They successfully completed all 3 robot tasks that they planned to do, had positive results in their judging sessions and won the Rising Star Award!

All in all a great day and great end to the competition season. Go WA Robotics!

Middle School Robotics, Shark A-Tech, Wins Third Place

January 5, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: , , ,

15541118_1871962789689835_6548535469320721715_nOn Saturday, December 17, the rookie middle school robotics FTC Team 11204 Shark A-Tech attended their second competition at Cypress Bay High School. There were 23 other teams in attendance from the south Florida area. Team Shark A-Tech, led by drivers Trevor Coningsby, Philip Moody, and student coach Jack Joannou, competed well throughout the competition, and finished a satisfying third!

Up next for Shark A-Tech is the team interview with the FTC judges on Saturday, January 21. This is affectionately known as Judgement Day. After that is the South Florida FTC League Championship on Saturday, January 28, at Western High School. Come on out and support your middle school sharks!

First Tournament for Shark-Byte – FLL Robotics Team

November 17, 2016 Posted in: Academics Tags: , , ,

Robotics - Team work 2On Saturday, November 5, Westminster Academy’s FIRST® LEGO® League robotics team #23808: “Shark-Byte” (formerly the ‘Westy-bots’), competed in their very first practice tournament sponsored by the “Ninjineers” of American Heritage School.

The five Shark-Byte team members spent the first half of their day gaining experience in judging sessions related to robot design, FIRST® Core Values, and the Animal Allies theme project. While blindfolded, our team successfully worked together to quickly organize themselves in order of shoe size during the teamwork challenge. In a later judging session, Lucas Greenwood shared our team’s robot design strategy and expertly answered follow-up questions posed by the judges. Stephen Seckinger and William Moreland also helped the team by enthusiastically and clearly communicating the team’s problem-solving strategy for the team project to the judges. Finally, Hannah Middleton scored points with the judges when she shared her understanding of the meaning of the FIRST® core value of “Gracious Professionalism.”

Each team member also contributed to three successful robot matches. Nicholas Galgano’s expert robot building skills provided the team with a solid and dependable robot during the competition, Stephen, worked diligently to write new programs so that the team could try new robot tasks and Hannah, William, and Lucas prepared and aligned the robot so that it could perform its tasks. While many of our competitors allowed only two team members to have hands-on time during the robot matches, our team choreographed a plan to swap out team members during the match so that all Shark-Byte team members were able to participate.

The teamwork demonstrated by Shark-Byte throughout the day was noticed and appreciated by the judges, and earned the team the FIRST® LEGO® League Core Values award! The team had a great day working and learning together and will put that to good use as they prepare for the qualifying tournament which will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Go Shark-Byte!

FRC Team 744—Shark Attack Has a Great Fall Competition Season!

November 3, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags: , , ,

Screen Shot 2016-10-31 at 11.02.08 AMOn Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24, your WA High School Robotics Team traveled to Florida Institute of Technology to compete in the Panther Prowl, a FIRST Robotics Post-Season Competition. Our Team arrived early and assisted with the set up of the pit area under the direction of event lead Paul Kepinski, a graduate of our robotics program. Congratulations to Paul, a recent FIT engineering graduate. After some vexing problems with field connections, our two robots played well, finishing the qualifying rounds in 3rd and 14th place among 31 robots. We finished the day with a first place finish! Our young team performed very well. For our six new drive team members (Isaac Hobby, Jennae Katic, Tommy Kline, Sebastian Molina, human player Frank Angione, and drive coach Alex Warters) this was the first chance to compete, and they did an amazing job. Thanks to veteran drive team members (human player Jared Yu and coach Lauren Cooley) for their leadership and contributions to our success. Pit Lead Connor Bachan and Survey Lead Keri-Anne Lue provided great leadership in a competition with many schedule changes and some technical challenges.

On Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, our team competed at Mission Mayhem, our final FIRST Robotics Competition in 2016. Our team assisted in the planning, set-up, and operation of this local event, held at the Dillard High School Gymnasium and Cafeteria. Our young team improved in their skills in all areas of competition. A few mechanical and electrical problems slowed us down, but by the end of qualifying rounds, we had climbed to 6th and 9th place among 25 robots. By the beginning of final rounds, our robots were in the 3rd and 6th seed alliances. Our second robot and drive team were the 6th place alliance captains. Quarter-finals play pitted our two robots against each other, and both drive teams played very well. In the end drive team #2 (Isaac Hobby, Tommy Kline, Frank Angione, and Alex Warters) moved on to the semifinals and then to the final rounds where they fell to a world-class robot. Highlights of this event include:

  • Our Team finished as Finalists (2nd Place) in the competition.
  • Jennae Katic sang our National Anthem to start the day.
  • Headmaster Joel Satterly was able to attend part of our competition.
  • State Representative and WA parent George Moraitis was an honored guest & speaker. He was commended for his role in securing funding for FIRST Robotics Competition Teams in Florida.
  • FRC Team 744 – Shark Attack was recognized for their legislative initiative that culminated in securing $200,000.00 in state funding for
  • FIRST Robotics Competition Teams in Florida.
  • State Senator and WA parent Chris Smith was recognized for his strategic role in securing funding for FIRST Robotics Competition Teams in Florida.
  • Lead Mentor Kent Stolley received the Volunteer of the Year Award.