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Day of the Robots

Roslyn High School hosts its first robotics competition

DEC. 21, 2018 - The Roslyn Robotics Team is incredibly proud to have successfully hosted a Southern New York State VEX Robotics Qualifying Competition at Roslyn High School on Saturday, December 15. In attendance were 23 teams from 13 schools/programs around Long Island and Westchester County. 

Forty-six qualifying matches were played on three game fields at two minutes per round. These rounds included a 15-second autonomous task followed by driver-controlled alliance game play.  It was an incredibly fast-paced, exciting experience for all involved and everyone who attended. Each team, including Roslyn’s own, started the day with an interview by a panel of experienced members of the robotics, engineering, and science communities. Questions included how they went about the design process, the challenges they faced, and how they overcame these challenges as a team.  After qualifying rounds, final rounds were held by the top 16 teams to determine a winning alliance and those teams that will move onto the NY State Final Competition. Other awards were given to teams that showed excellence in various categories.   

Our team, which was established only last year, has 12 hardworking students  - Truman Chong, Joshua Flashner, Daniel Flyer, Jerry Hu, Joshua Kim, Ryan Kim, Makenzie Komack, Melanie Landesberg, Alex Liu, Harris Miller, Olivia Viruet Quintero and Justin Schiavo - who have spent a great deal of time designing, building, and programming their robot to compete at various locations around Long Island. The 'game' for each year changes and therefore the robot that would be best at completing those tasks that will help them 'win' the game must change as well.

Hosting a competition is a great deal of work with many moving parts, and our team members were as integral a part of the process as were the many staff and community members who pitched in to put this all together. The Roslyn Space Turkeys, a Roslyn Lego Robotics team comprising middle and elementary school students, volunteered a tremendous amount of time setting up the event the evening before as well as the day of the event. Roslyn DECA provided volunteers to keep our school store open for visitors to purchase snacks and drinks while volunteers from Science National Honors Society helped to build our fields, organize teams during the event, and break down the gym at the end of the day.  Thanks to Jason Lopez and our entire technology department for their dedication to this event; high school and central administrators for their continued support of the robotics program; and our fantastic custodial staff.

The advisors for the Robotics Team are Olivia Kaplan and Lisa Spyridon, and Denise Tretola, Lauren Murphy, and Erin DiGiuseppe were key players throughout the day.