EAST GREENWICH — Not one, but two Our Lady of Mercy Robotics teams walked away winners at the First Lego League Championships on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Roger Williams University. Out of the top 40 teams in the state, OLM Robotics Team, “The Comet Crusaders” won first place in Programming and first place in Robot Game and OLM Robotics Team “The Asteroid Angels” took home first place in Strategy in the State of Rhode Island.
In order to advance to the State Championship, teams must compete in all three judged areas of First Lego League - Robot Game, Project and Core Values. The two teams have spent many hours in preparation and met with experts from various institutions such as Space X, Caltech and the University of Rhode Island to define and solve a problem that would occur in future long time space expeditions. The Asteroid Angels chose reuse and cleaning of clothing with minimal water supply. Their solution not only cleans clothes without water but it also provides exercise. The Comet Crusaders chose space debris as their problem. The team created a solution that would repel trash away from space vehicles back into the Earth’s atmosphere using Eddy Currents, the debris would burn upon re-entry.
Rhode Island Students of the Future inspires young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build STEM skills, inspire innovation and foster well-rounded life skills including self-confidence, communication and leadership.
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