Dr. Ronald E. McNair Middle School Robotics Team, RoTech, Placed at FLL Competition!
Guided by Mrs. Anissa Gaines as their coach, McNair’s 1st, FIRST LEGO League team, placed 12th out of 22 teams at their first ever robotics competition. Challenged to develop a solution to what is thrown away. Team RoTech had to design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology. The challenge required the team’s robot to maneuver through a table-top recycle playing field from collection, to sorting, to smart production reuse. As an additional challenge, the team researched and developed a community project where they started a recycling program here at Dr. Ronald E. McNair Middle School.
The students had lots of fun while learning to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), to solve a real world problem. These innovators of tomorrow were able to practice imaginative thinking and teamwork while using basic STEM applications to develop their critical thinking, team building, and presentation skills. Their hard work and dedication paid off as the judges had the following to say about them: "they felt like a family, had fun during activities and worked well together." Judges also commented that the team "took it upon themselves to learn as much as they could through other teams at the scrimmage." It was their combined teamwork and skills that allow them to walk away with 12th place out of 22 teams and the title of “Gracious Professionalism.” Way to go McNair Middle!