Celebrating champions of the robotics circuit

Two Meadow Glen Middle robotics teams returned to the winners’ circle, with both teams earning accolades for their ingenuity and engineering skills.

This season’s FIRST LEGO League theme, Into Orbit, challenged students to apply innovation to the world of space travel by solving real-world problems and completing missions.

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MGMS’s all-girls team, Gator Gears, earned a trip to international competition by finishing second in the race for the South Carolina FIRST LEGO League Champion’s Award and will represent South Carolina at the FIRST LEGO League Razorback Open Invitational in May 2019.

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The Gator Gears include Sydney C. Davis, Sachi Lal, Hir D. Panchal, Sarina Y. Patel, Anuska Sharma, Celeste C. Sullivan and Rebecca L. Yu. Knowing they needed to complete a variety of missions during competition, the Gator Gears built their robot with a front-loading attachment system. This design allowed the students to easily switch attachments and complete each mission efficiently.

MGMS’s Robo Gators also scored big with the judges. At the same state competition, Team Members Sam J. Cancilla, Drew B. Carter, Aodhan F. Keenan, Ratish S. Korrapati, Ritvik S. Korrapati, Ryan J. Paraday and Arav Rastogi won first place for South Carolina FIRST LEGO League Best Mechanical Design.

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