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Orlando Regional Robotics Competition

March 14, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

IMG_1530Congratulations and thanks to all who participated and supported our high school robotics team in the competition this weekend. Following the most difficult build season in the history of our team, we were surely tested on the competition field. Thanks to the mentors who assisted in renovating our robot and to our drive team, pit crew, and programming team, for their flexibility and hard work. Their efforts resulted in a very competitive robot.

After a very difficult day of practice rounds, we ended two days of qualification matches in second place, winning 7 of 8 matches, earning our way to the semifinal rounds.

The team was awarded the Judges Award for the first time in our 16 year history. It was earned for our work in securing State funding for all FIRST high school robotics teams. Each team in Florida received $2,000 in state sponsorship due to the efforts of our legislative group and state representatives and senators sympathetic to our cause. The text of our award read in part:

This team has gone beyond local mentoring, community service, and school activities to include spreading FIRST all the way to Tallahassee. We would like to acknowledge the STEMbassadors for attacking the legislative process, procuring funds for all FIRST Florida Teams. Congratulations Team 744, Shark Attack

The next competition will be the Smoky Mountains Regional, on Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25. We covet your prayers as we seek to glorify God & qualify for the World Championship in this our final regional competition in 2017.

Go Shark Attack!

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!

High School Robotics News

December 13, 2016 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

Steamworks2017 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff

Kickoff marks the beginning of the high school robotics design and build season. On Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. our high school robotics team will meet in the Upper School Media Center to hear about the new game FIRST STEAMWORKS. Parts will be gathered from a remote site and will be unveiled during the lunch hour. In the afternoon we will begin designing and building our game strategy and our new robot. The team will have just 6 weeks to complete the design and construction of the 2017 robot. For more information view the teaser video for STEAMWORKS.

Motorola Solutions Innovation Showcase

Our high school robotics team was invited to participate in the Motorola Solutions Innovation Showcase on Thursday, December 8. The purpose of this showcase was to celebrate and demonstrate the great innovations that Motorola Solutions is making in the communications industry and to celebrate and showcase the innovations and successes of Motorola Solutions great charitable outreach. This event was huge and our team had to walk approximately one mile within the plant to reach our assigned station for demonstrations. Our team was also there to raise awareness of the FIRST robotics among Motorola Solutions employees and to provide an opportunity for new volunteers to join FIRST robotics. Several team members demonstrated our 2016 competition robot and talked to many Motorola engineers and technicians about FIRST Robotics, our robot, and our team. Three other FIRST Robotics Competition teams from the South Florida area also made presentations. In total, Motorola Solutions Foundation supports Ten FRC teams in South Florida, making them the largest industrial sponsor of high school robotics in South Florida. They are always among our team’s greatest supporters as well. FRC Team 744 – Shark Attack is extremely thankful for Scott Greven (our Motorola Solutions mentor) and for the financial and technical support that Motorola Solutions provides to our team. All members of the demonstration team were given a guided tour of the prototype lab and adjacent areas and offered a chance to shadow engineers in their work over the summer.

Thank you to our demonstration team – Connor Bachan, Isaac Hobby, Jennae Katic, Sebastian Molina, and Jared Yu. They represented our school in exemplary fashion.

2016 Lower School Science Fair

November 17, 2016 Posted in: Academics Tags: ,

Science Fair WinnersThe fourth and fifth grades have been working hard on this year’s Science Fair. Each class conducted a Science Fair experiment, and the fourth and fifth-grade students also conducted an individual experiment. Our fifth-grade students presented their project to two judges on Wednesday, November 9. The judges were very impressed by all of the hard work, scientific thought, and creative display boards, making their job of deciding the top three very difficult. The boards were displayed in the Lower School hallway through November 16. The winners and classroom projects will be displayed in the Lower School hallway on Grandparents’ Day, Friday, November 18. A special thank you to all of our judges: Mr. Alise, Mrs. Hatch, Mrs. Geiger, Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Pierce, and Mrs. Walker.
4th Grade Winners

  • 1st: Liliana Alise – Drop and Stop
  • 2nd: David Ulrich – Can I Swallow My Bubble Gum? – Digestion: Myth or Fact
  • 3rd: Lea Miller – Crystal Growth

5th Grade Winners

  • 1st: Colin Happ – Hold on Tight
  • 2nd: Noelle Gregoriou – Get the Sensation
  • 3rd: Ava Scicchitano – The Milky Way
  • Honorable Mentions
    • Gabrielle Cammarata – Color Crazy
    • Hannah Giunto – Drinks vs “Egg” namel: Who will be the Winner?
    • Raquel Molina – Hidden Colors
    • Virginia Scasserra – Plant Wars
    • Alex Kozich – Sink or Float
    • Sammy Joseph – The Absorbing Mania
    • Lars Korthals – The Fizz
    • Hannah Adderly – Tint Mint