Team Chaos, the Gill St. Bernard’s robotics team, took part in the FIRST Robotics Mid-Atlantic Competition, which ran from March 3-5 in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Chaos placed tenth among 36 schools, qualifying the team to compete in the playoff rounds at the event. "This was the most successful team in the eight years of the robotics club," said head coach Len Grabowski, who teaches science in the Upper School at Gill.
This was also the first year in the club’s history that eighth-graders (Catherine D’Arcangelis and Dylan Towle) signed on to the team. "Catherine and Dylan have been consistent contributors throughout," offered Carrie Johnson, middle school technology teacher. In addition to the two eighth-graders, Johnson and Noreen Syed, middle school science teacher, joined Grabowski as coaches.
Currently, the team is gearing up for the next FIRST Robotics competition
, which will be held April 1 and 2 in Montgomery, New Jersey. The event is free and open to the public.
Congratulations to the students who took part in the March competition: Luke Solondz '17, Nick Bhimani '18, Sarah Caminito '18, Nathan Ha '18, Nicole Johnson '18, Connor Kirk '18, Mike Giammarino '19, Sebastian Laboy '19, Trevor Wills '19, Steve Vecchio '20, Teddy Lazar '20, Luke Mariak '20, Niels Rongen '20 and Dylan Towle '21. Thanks also to team sponsors and mentors: robotics teacher Stuart Brown, Bill Goetchius, P '15, John Raymonds P '20 and Barry Solondz P '17, '21.