The SGS FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robots competed in a multi-round event on April 20. See videos of Team #7935 and Team #6128 in action that day in the Upper School Courtyard. These were rounds where the first 30 seconds was in autonomous mode (pre-programmed) and the remaining 2 minutes was controlled by a pair of students.
This year’s FIRST Lego League Robotics was a little different due to Covid restrictions. The team of 6th and 7th graders uploaded videos of their robot performing game missions and then met with the judges virtually on Saturday, April 3. "I am very proud of what Team 40706 accomplished this season despite the restrictions in place," says advisor Michelle Bledsoe. The Project Team (Riley, Thatcher & Delaney) came up with a solution to this year’s challenge (“How and where can we help people be more active?”) by researching and designing a prototype for a new kind of knee brace to help those with knee injuries stay active. The Engineering Team (Adrian, Preston, Hadley, Lindsey and Max) successfully completed four missions within the 2.5 minutes allowed for the game, ending with a final score of 175. Here is a Video of some of their robot's missions, as well as a Photo Gallery of the teammates with their Lego creations. Good job, Golden Dragons!
Congratulations to SGS Debaters Gabi Cunningham (senior) and Tariq Ravasia (junior). Over the last two weekends, Gabi and Tariq reached the Sweet Sixteen not once, but twice, at national circuit tournaments. The Grapevine Tournament (Texas) and the Jack Howe Tournament (California) both draw hundreds of policy teams from a national pool of talent. Competing virtually, Gabi and Tariq beat out contenders from all across the nation to reach the octafinals at both events. Go Dragons!
The Lower School's LEGO League Jr. Club thanks Laura Bradford for her countless hours of organizing and coaching. Thanks as well to the coaches who assisted Laura: Toshi Shimizu, Jacob Swartz, Jamie Mitchell, Sarah Hill, and Mirna Tohmeh. A special thanks goes to 4th grade teacher Rick Petrini, who was always on hand for support and guidance. The four teams -- Boomerang Builders, Crazy Creators, Pentagon Builders, and LEGO Dragons -- excitedly explored their projects and worked on their structures this winter before classes went online in March. Over the last weekend, Laura busily made certificates and medals to be sent to the kids along with their engineering notebooks and pictures of their structures. See a Photo Gallery of the kids hard at work!
Saint George's FIRST Robotics team #1595 competed at West Valley HS on March 6-7. The team captained the 4th seeded alliance, which made it to the semifinals before losing. See a Photo Gallery from the event. Unfortunately, this may be the last FIRST Robotics competition in the Pacific NW District this spring, since the state organization has postponed all remaining competitions due to concerns about coronavirus.
The SGS 7th and 8th grade Math is Cool teams competed at Regionals on January 31 at Mead High School. The 7th grade team included Esther Buckner, Robert DeForest, Simon Feist, and Oliver Ling. The 8th grade team consisted of just three students -- Annalie Nachreiner, Lily Nosbaum, and Aarna Pardeshi. Both teams just learned that they qualified for the Math is Cool State "Masters" competition on April 18 at Moses Lake High School. Go Dragons!
Our 4th and 5th grade Math Is Cool teams have diligently worked solving math problems after school for the past couple of months. All their efforts paid off as the teams competed in the regional competition on Feb. 28 at Mt. Spokane High School. The fourth-grade team took 1st place in their division, with the top individual awards going to Eshan Reddy (1st place), Keagan Wilson (4th place), and Donovan Bradford (5th place). The fifth-grade MIC team placed 2nd in their division with individual awards going to Taylor Teague (1st place), Adam Ling (3rd place), and Bella Buckner (4th place). A big thank you to the fifth-grade coaches Sam Wyss and assistant Marshall Roll and to the fourth-grade coach Kristie Slattengren.