Over the weekend, Team Chaos placed eighth among 38 teams at the FIRST Robotics Mid-Atlantic Regional ("MAR") Competition, held in Montgomery, New Jersey. At the event, Chaos advanced to the tie-breaker round of the semifinals before being knocked out—a showing that garnered the team a spot at the district championships. In addition, the team was recognized with the Judges' Award. Upper School science teacher Len Grabowski, one of the faculty advisors for Chaos explains, "Ours was one of the few robots to take advantage of 3-D printing technology."
The Chaos robot has a 3-D printed hand that opens and closes, and the hand is attached to an aluminum arm. The Judges" Award for "human articulation" essentially means that the movement of the hand and arm are lifelike, resembling the movement of an actual human hand and arm. Stuart Brown, lead mentor of Chaos, advanced the capabilities of the team by using Autodesk Inventor to help design the arm. In addition to Grabowski, Middle School teachers Carrie Johnson and Noreen Syed serve as robotics coaches.
Advancing to district-level competition is a first for GSB robotics, and the team is enjoying its regional ranking of 31 among 120 teams. To cheer the team on at the upcoming competition, which will take place at Lehigh University on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (April 6-8), please contact Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. "The team would love the support!" she says.
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