Island Park Takes First Place in Robotics Competition
Three teams from Island Park’s Lincoln Orens Middle School participated in the Adelphi STEP Statewide Middle School Competition on June 1, and one group took first place overall. Eggo My Leggo, comprised of four seventh graders and an eighth grader, received a trophy and acknowledgment from judges for their top achievement.
Additionally, a fifth grade team titled Microchip Monkeys came in 11th out of 30 teams, and the sixth grade group, Oreo Cookies, placed 19th. All students received medals.
For the first portion of the competition, teams took on the goal of programming an autonomous robot to perform tasks while the second half involved the use of a remote control. All teams were also required to create a presentation for the judges explaining their program, design and strategy for the competition, as well as challenges encountered and lessons learned.
The judges were so impressed with the team’s presentation that they came down to witness the robots in action and express their praise. Sabita Nayak, who is in charge of the competition for Adelphi along with Edward Tse, remembered that the members of this year's team were also the Challenge Champions last year and welcomed them with encouragement and excitement.