Robotics Team--The WiredCats
The Saint Peter WiredCats Green and WiredCats Blue Middle School FIRST LEGO League Robotics teams participated in the NC FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournament in Greensboro on January 20, 2018. Of the 58 teams, the WiredCats Blue had the 11th highest score in the autonomous robot game competition, and the WiredCats Green had the 16th highest store.
The WiredCats FIRST LEGO Robotics teams are part of our school's STEM approach. Each of the St. Peter 6th-8th grade FLL teams practiced after school multiple times per week in the school’s art room during the season which started in August.
The WiredCats teams qualified for the state championship because of their performance at the JH Rose High School FIRST Lego League (FLL) Regional Qualifying Tournament on November 4th, where they were among six teams selected from the twenty that participated. At the JH Rose regional, WiredCats Green won the engineering project presentation trophy for their robotic composting toilet. WiredCats Blue won the robotic programming trophy.
At an FLL tournament, teams are judged on their engineering design project, core values (teamwork skills and "gracious professionalism"), and robot design (structural design and programming). Teams' robots compete for points in an autonomous robot game competition (an exciting spectator event). This year's FLL theme is "Hydrodynamics", which involves the human-related water cycle. The research project and the robot table game both reflect the theme. Additionally, each of our teams started a CAD robot part design branch this year as part of their robot design work.
The Saint Peter teams are coached by John Bell, the St. Peter art teacher and head coach, and Kevin Pandya, assistant coach. Betty Robinson served as an unofficial assistant coach throughout our season. Team moms were Jennifer Hodgson for the Blue Team, and Heather Proctor for Green. Angela Lamson managed our online volunteer Sign Up. Team parents served in various important volunteer roles at tournaments. High school FIRST Robotics team members and Saint Peter graduates Allanah Napast, Ryan Moloney, and Nate Hasselbach served as mentors this season.
This year, our generous sponsors included Saint Peter Catholic Church, Eastern Headache and Spine, China 10 Restaurant, 24 Restore, Castillo Language Services, Lee and Betty Robinson, Charles and Rebecca O’Connor, Mark and Marjorie Dellasega, Steve and Jennifer Hodgson, Ken and Melissa Schreiber, Kevin and My-Hoa Pandya, and John and Rosa Bell.
WiredCats Blue team members are Andrea Castillo, Jamie Galinis, Lauren Hodgson, Brighton Hou, Carter Lamson, Tiago Marlow, Stuart O'Connor, Jasmine Pandya, Jeremiah Reid, and Gerald Reiling.
WiredCats Green team members are Skyler Barnaby, Lincoln Bond, Alex Cooper, Frankie Kennedy, Jason Napast, Elliana Proctor, Jackson Schreiber, Alexander Turner, and Rylan Tuten.