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Middle School Robotics Team Competes in Competition
Posted 03/14/2016 01:37PM

On Saturday, March 5th, eleven students from the Gerstell Academy Flying Falcons of Fury Middle School Robotics team, led by club moderator and faculty member Mrs. Meghan Jothen, competed in the Maryland First Lego League Championship held at UMBC. Seventy-two teams from every county in the state competed for top honors at this state -wide event.

The Gerstell Middle School robotics team scored very high in the Core Values portion of the competition leading them to win the 3rd Place Teamwork Award. The First Lego League (FLL) describes the importance of their core values below:

“The FIRST LEGO League Core Values are the cornerstones of the program. By embracing the Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.” The organization stresses the importance of teamwork, friendly competition, the idea of learning together and that discovery supersedes winning. Sharing experiences with others, and doing the work to find solutions with guidance from coaches and mentors while having fun are key elements of the FLL experience.

The following Gerstell Academy middle school students participated in the competition: 

Sixth Grade students: Elizabeth Chagalis, Sophia Echevarria, Bella Farrow, Josie Henderson, Emma Leonard, Kyle Nightingale, Preston Reilly, Kyle Taylor, Sacha Wible, Suhaila Wible;

Seventh Grade student: Christopher Day; 

Eighth Graders Zubin Sahney and Aaron Rubalsky. 

The participants demonstrated the Gerstell leadership attributes perseverance, resourcefulness, action, and instruct others during the competition and worked diligently to reach their full potential- key elements of the Gerstell value system.


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