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Middle School Robotics Team First-Place Champions
Posted 01/26/2016 07:51PM

On Saturday, January 16th, the Gerstell Academy Middle School Robotics Team (Flying Falcons of Fury) took home the 1st Place Champions Award qualifying for the Maryland State FLL Championship on March 5th! The students worked very hard on preparing in all four areas: Robot Design, Robot Performance, Project Presentation and Application of the FLL Core Values (which align with the Gerstell Academy value system). The judges scored them very high in all 3 areas and their robot performed 3rd highest out of 22 teams. Led by Gerstell Academy Director of Educational Technology Ms. Meghan Jothen, the students spent two weeks prior to the competition creating a hypothetical company which would aid the environment by turning discarded plastic bags into filament for 3D printers and creating, programming and designing the robot.

The judges were consistently impressed with the students’ perseverance and public speaking and how they expressed appreciation before and after judging. They also noted as well their innovative project solution. 

The competition, entitled “Roar of the Robots”, was held at Boys Latin School in Baltimore. Ten Gerstell Middle School students competed against 21 other teams in a Qualifying Tournament called “Roar of the Robots” for the Maryland State FIRST Lego League (FLL) Championship. Gerstell competed with other FLL teams from around the area including Boys Latin, Friends and McDonogh Schools as well as three other Carroll County teams. 

The Gerstell team, Flying Falcons of Fury, took home the 1st Place Champions Award. FLL explains the award as: 

“The most prestigious award that any team can win at a First Lego League (FLL) Competition. It celebrates the ultimate success of the FIRST mission and FLL values. It measures how the team members design, program and score with their robot, the quality of their research and project presentation, their ability to work as a team, solve problems, and demonstrate respect and gracious professionalism. To be considered for the Champion’s Award, teams must perform well in both technical and team performance categories, which are equally weighted.”

The following Gerstell Academy Middle School students participated in the competition, and were accompanied by Lower School Technology teacher Ms. Rachel Smith: 

Elizabeth Chagalis- Sixth Grade

Christopher Day- Seventh Grade

Sophia Echevarria- Sixth Grade

Bella Farrow- Sixth Grade

Josie Henderson- Sixth Grade

Emma Leonard- Sixth Grade

Kyle Nightingale- Sixth Grade

Preston Reilly- Sixth Grade

Aaron Rubalsky-Eighth Grade

Zubin Sahney- Eighth Grade

Kyle Taylor- Sixth Grade

Sacha Wible- Sixth Grade


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