Congratulations to the ESD Robotics Team for finishing in fourth place, out of more than 60 teams in the Double Elimination round at the Global Conference on Educational Robotics in Los Angeles. The team, led by Computer Science Department Chair, Deb Goudy, and Computer Science teacher, Jerone Mitchell, reached the International Botball Tournament finals on Sunday; only 16 of the remaining 62 teams from the original field advanced.
This year's ESD Robotics team included: Oscar Bautista '15, Renner Brown '15, Paul Cahoon '15, Sam Carrell '17, Alexander Eggers '15, Natalie Monger '15, Bennett Sessa '16, Christian Viracola '17, and Roger Wong '15.
The tournament started with the Precision Seeding Rounds in which teams competed unopposed to try and rack up the most points among their fellow competitors; those teams with the most points advanced to the Head-to-Head Double Elimination where robots from two different teams competed on the game board simultaneously in an effort to score as many points as possible, while also preventing their opponent from scoring. Those that collected the most points advanced to the Finals where teams again had to play offense and defense in an effort to upset their opponent.
Between competition times, three students also presented their research and STEAM projects to conference participants. Read more about their presentations at the links below: