Battle of the ’bots

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Three teams comprised of 13 seventh- and eighth-graders from W.T. Clarke Middle School competed in the Lego School Robotics Competition at Adelphi University on May 7.
   
During the competition, more than 30 teams from Long Island and New York City delivered PowerPoint presentations to a panel of judges that outlined the challenges they had faced, lessons they had learned and obstacles they had overcome in building and programming their robots. Guided by their technology coaches, the students had applied their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to build Lego robots that could solve real-life problems.
   
Teams then battled in four rounds of competition, where their robots were required to complete a challenge – collecting balls and staying within the contest area – to acquire the most points during an allotted time period.  
   
Elliott Oppenheim’s and William Burke’s seventh- and eighth-grade technology classes fielded three teams: Team Robo RIK, consisting of Isabella Petz, Kristina Romano and Raheem Sheikh; BOT Squad, comprised of Nyla Jane Batista, Hadi Javed, Alexandra Karavias, Victoria Lorusso, Isabella Michaelis and Ryan Walsh; and Team LAJE, made up of Anjali Aggarwal, Emma Brown, Lilli Greene and Jeena Trinh.
  
W.T. Clarke Middle School placed first in the presentation segment of the competition.
    
The district is tremendously proud of these students for the diligence, collaboration and engineering skills they demonstrated during the competition.